Scott Dixon in the No.9 PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing Honda says that fourth place in qualifying for the BitNile.com Portland Grand Prix is decent.
P4 in qualifying, which is pretty decent. I think a lot of the other teams compromised a little bit on tire usage, so we’ll see how that compares for the race. The car feels really good on the long run, just lacking a little bit of peak speed.”
The Iceman starts the race just ahead of his teammate and championship leader Alex Palou in the No.10 American Legion Honda.
The Spaniard just needs a top ten finish in today’s race if Scott Dixon wins.
Speaking following qualifying, Palou said:
“We didn’t really do the job we wanted to do in qualifying today, honestly. We had a really fast car. It was really good in Q1, then we missed a little bit of pace in Q2 and in the Fast 6 we thought we were going to have more of a chance. But the American Legion Honda is fast and we’re starting in the top-five, which is perfect. It’s going to be a great race tomorrow for us.”
Marcus Ericsson in the No.8 Huski Iced Spritz Chip Ganassi Racing Honda starts the race from tenth and speaking following the action he said:
“It was a close qualifying as always here in Portland. I think we have improved the car with each session and I think we did that again in qualifying. I wanted a bit more, but P10 is still a decent result. There’s opportunity to do more tomorrow and we’ll fight from there.”
Marcus Armstrong in the No.11 Ridgeline Lubricants Chip Ganassi Racing Honda starts the race from 14th place and speaking following the action he commented saying:
I thought that we had good pace up until this point. I put on my reds and for whatever reason they just didn’t switch on, really. We’ll see if we have everything right with tire pressures and tire temperatures, but it made a really big difference in the end. I think we should have been much closer to the front, but tomorrow is another day.”