Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon driving the No.9 Camping World Honda felt that his crew didn’t have a bad day. In the opening session for the Chevrolet Belle Isle Detroit Grand Prix, the Iceman finished the session in seventh place despite spinning close to the end of the session.
In the afternoon, Dixon ended the session in 21st place and speaking following his day in the car, he stated:
I don’t think we were too bad overall with the Camping World car today. In that second session we just tried a lot of different things. We also only ran one set of alternate tires the entire session, whereas the rest of the field ran primary tires and most likely multiple sets. It’s a busy weekend here and we’ll work tonight to be ready for qualifying and Race 1 tomorrow.
Tony Kanaan in the No.10 NTT DATA Honda ended the day with the 11th fastest combined time and speaking following his day in the car, the Brazilian commented by saying:
The No. 10 NTT Data Honda feels really good and I’m happy with where the car is heading into qualifying in the morning. Everyone out there is in the same boat struggling with managing the alternate tires and getting the most out of them. We actually had a really quick lap going in that second session, but we caught some traffic and lost our chance to get our fast lap.
Charlie Kimball in the No.83 Tresiba® Honda ended the day in 17th place and speaking following the day of action he commented by saying:
Overall that second session was just terrible. We missed on setup, we missed on the gears – we just missed on everything. The Firestone alternates threw a curveball at us that we weren’t ready for. We have a whole lot of information from this afternoon on what not to do and I think our positions across the entire team show it. We need to find some lap time and we need to reset back to where we were this morning. We need to come up with a game plan with it being a short weekend and us going straight into qualifying in the morning.
Max Chilton in the No.8 Gallagher Honda suffered a brake fire and ended the day with the 19th combined fastest time and speaking following the action he commented by saying:
We had a small fire in the second session in the brake area, but everything worked out and we were able to continue on. I’m not 100 percent happy with the Gallagher car yet. We still have some work to do. Overall we’re fighting some understeer and even a little oversteer. I guess we’re just looking for more grip overall to move up the timing sheets.