Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon in the No.9 PNC Bank Honda said he believes the team had a really good day at the Belle Isle Grand Prix as he ended the opening day of on track in second place with a fastest time of 01:16.3667s.
Speaking following the action he commented by saying:
I think, overall, we had a really good day and I was very happy with our PNC Bank car out there. The speed on the black Firestone (primary) tires was really good and the car felt quite good on the reds (Firestone alternate tires) after that when we improved the times. I got into the wall around Turn 13 and lost some time, but the car just has a ton of speed and hopefully we can translate that into two good points-paying (races) here in Detroit.”
Ed Jones in the No.10 NTT DATA Honda ended the day in 17th place and speaking following his time in the car today he commented by saying:
It was a tough day. This track is always difficult. In the first session, we tried some things that we weren’t happy with in the NTT DATA car, but made some progress in the second session. We were the only car not on sticker blacks (new Firestone primary tires) in the beginning, and we looked pretty competitive at that point. When we went to the reds (Firestone alternate tires), we missed something pretty fundamental where we were bottoming out, which made it difficult to get the tires up to temp. But we made a big jump after Practice 1 and I’m excited to see what we can do tomorrow.