Defending NTT IndyCar Series champion Alex Palou in the No.10 NTT DATA Chip Ganassi Racing Honda had a great qualifying for the Big Machine City Grand Prix on the streets of Nashville as the Spaniard starts the 80-lap event from P4.
Palou who set a time of 1:14.9087s commented on his day saying:
“Qualifying done here in Nashville and it feels amazing. It feels like a pole; it’s not a pole, but it feels really good. Amazing recovery by the whole team on the No. 10 NTT DATA car. We got P4 and were fighting until the Fast 6 there. We were just lacking a bit of performance, but we’ll get them tomorrow.”
Scott Dixon endured a tricky qualifying session as he rolls off from P14. Marcus Ericsson who took victory here last season in the No.8 Huski Chocolate Honda starts the race from P18 with a time of 1:15.4501s and speaking following the action the Swede said:
“We had a practice session earlier today that wasn’t great, but the No. 8 crew did a really good job to get the car better and more to my liking for qualifying. I did feel like we took a step there, but unfortunately it wasn’t enough, and we just didn’t have the speed to transfer. It’s disappointing starting way back tomorrow in P18 so we have some work to do. I felt that the car was consistent to drive, though, so I think that’s a good sign for tomorrow. I’m still hopeful and we went from P18 to P1 last year on this track, so it’s not all bad and I’m looking forward to the race tomorrow.”
Jimmie Johnson in the No.48 Carvana Honda starts the race from 26th place and speaking after setting a time of 1:17.5888s.
“I’m glad that the weather cooperated. Ran my fastest lap of the weekend, so that’s good. I wish I was further up the grid, but all in all, a lot of lessons learned today.”