Chip Ganassi Racing’s Alex Palou in the No.10 The American Legion Honda has a perfect opportunity to extend his monstrous championship lead in Sunday’s Sonsio Grand Prix of Road America as he starts the race from third place.
Speaking following the action he commented saying:
“A bit of a sour taste for us today because we had a lot of speed in the car. Had a big mistake in Practice 2 that cost us a lot of time there and then we had to rebuild the car. But I’m super happy with the rebound that we made after that. We’ll start third tomorrow and the speed that we have is amazing. Tomorrow is a new day and I’m looking forward to it.”
Marcus Armstrong in the No.11 Ridgeline Lubricants Honda starts the race from eighth place and speaking following the action he said:
Qualifying was good. The car was very good, especially in Q1 I thought. I don’t know if the ambient temperatures changed a little bit or if it was the wind direction, but the balance changed a bit, although it was still good. Ultimately, my lap wasn’t great but I thought it was still an okay day. I think the team did a really good job and we have a good car to go racing tomorrow.”
Marcus Ericsson in the No.8 Huski Iced Spritz Honda starts the race from ninth place and speaking following the action the Swede said:
“I think it was a decent qualifying session for us. Q1 went pretty well and Q2 was also going well. Unfortunately, on my best lap there I had a bit of a lock-up. I was on for transfer time but it was a driver mistake. That was a bit disappointing but the car still felt good. P9 is a decent result and we can definitely race from there. The car has been feeling good so looking forward to the race tomorrow.”
It was a day to forget for six-time NTT INDYCAR SERIES champion Scott Dixon in the No.9 PNC Bank Women In Motorsports Honda, who after crashing in practice this morning had a dreadful session.
The Iceman was unable to dial in his car and made a mistake in qualifying.
Dixon will start the race from 23rd place and speaking following the action he said:
What a day. Obviously, the car was damaged and we had to switch to the backup. The team did an amazing job to do that in such a short amount of time, so kudos to them. Unfortunately, the brake bias was a little strange and the pedal itself, too. It was very hard to get out there and try to run. I made a mistake in turn three, too, which otherwise we may have been able to convert. But, we continued the bad day with an end to the bad day.”
Chip Ganassi Racing team manager Taylor Kiel commented saying:
It was a really good effort from the entire team. We’ve seen this before at Chip Ganassi Racing where it turns four teams into one big team. “Any opportunity where we can all jump in and help, we will take advantage of it. All crew chiefs worked well together, the management team worked well together and we worked to make sure that resources were allocated where they needed to be. People don’t realize that going from a primary chassis to a backup chassis is a ton of work no matter how prepared you are. It was a fantastic job to pull everything together.”