Chip Ganassi Racing’s Charlie Kimball in the No.83 Tresiba® Chevrolet will restart this weekend’s Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway as the highest place driver from the Ganassi stable.
Kimball who started the race from 15th place will restart the event from 8th place just behind Helio Castroneves and speaking ahead of the resumption of the race, Kimball said:
It’s definitely a unique situation, going back to restart the race after taking the green flag almost three months ago. When we went red in June, the No. 83 Tresiba Chevrolet was running inside the top 10, so we’ll see how we fare from there. Above all, I hope we can put on a good show for the fans who come back to Texas Motor Speedway this Saturday night.
Reigning series championship Scott Dixon in the No.9 Target Chevrolet started the race on the front row in second place. The New Zealander will start lap 72 from 14th place and looking ahead to the race the New Zealander who is the defending race winner commented by saying:
I think there are obviously some strong opinions on each side of this race and if you restart it from where we left off or start it over completely. It’s out of our hands as drivers, though, and we all have the same set of circumstances to deal with now. For me, I think the biggest challenge will be getting your car right for much different conditions than when we started the race. That short practice session before we restart the race is going to be crucial, I think. Hopefully we make the right decisions and have a Target car that can contend and get to the front.
Tony Kanaan in the No.10 NTT DATA Chevrolet will restart the race from 16th place. Kanaan, who finished on the podium here last season as runner up to Dixon qualified for the race in eighth place. Speaking ahead of Saturday’s event the Brazilian commented by saying:
It’s unfortunate that the weather didn’t cooperate with us in June and we weren’t able to get the race in when it was scheduled, but Texas Motor Speedway is one of my favorite tracks on the INDYCAR schedule so I’m not upset that we get to go back to finish. I felt really bad for all of the loyal fans that stuck with us throughout the weekend, but we have to focus on safety first and there was just no way we were going to get that race in safely. I think INDYCAR and the track have worked really hard to make sure that fans have a good experience the second time around. We’ll do everything we can to make sure we put on a good race for everyone watching and hopefully put the No. 10 NTT Data Chevrolet in Victory Circle.
Max Chilton in the No.8 Gallagher Chevrolet who started the race from 19th place will resume the event from 19th place. Speaking ahead of the race he commented by saying:
It’s an odd situation going back to finish a race from several months ago, but it’s the same for everyone and we’ll just have to make the most out of it with the Gallagher team. It will be interesting having such limited practice time and readjusting to new conditions. I hope we can get the car dialed in quickly and get back in the groove of things to move up in the race and score a strong finish