Chip Ganassi Racing’s reigning series champion Scott Dixon in the No.9 Target Chevrolet was left a little disappointed following Friday’s opening day of track action at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.
The first session this morning was interrupted by a number of red flags meaning that the session was extended by five minutes.
Despite the tough afternoon, Dixon ended the day as the fastest Ganassi car in eighth place and speaking following the on track action, the Iceman (Not Kimi), commented by saying:
We didn’t really get to do much running in the first session this morning with all the downtime from the red flags and traffic. It just seemed like you could never really get a clear lap with all the cars out there. We missed a little bit on the setup and tried some new things that we didn’t do last year. P8 is not where we want to be of course with Team Target but we still have another session tomorrow morning to work on it before qualifying. Qualifying is of course so crucial on street circuits so hopefully we make the right changes and get a good starting spot tomorrow for the race.
Charlie Kimball in the No.83 Tresiba® Chevrolet had a difficult opening session as he a brake fire right at the end of the session but ended the day in 12th place and speaking afterwards he commented by saying:
In Practice 2 we worked on some balance stuff trying to find a better combination for the car. I feel pretty good about the No. 83 Tresiba® Chevrolet – I think we’re in a good window. We need a little bit of lap time, but it’s just been so competitive today. I think I ended the second session 12th, but a tenth would’ve put me in seventh. We’re looking for a little more than that and we have a pretty good idea on how to make that happen heading into tomorrow morning. I’m confident that we’ll be strong coming out of tomorrow’s morning practice and heading into qualifying tomorrow afternoon.
Max Chilton ended his day in 19th place and speaking following the on track action he commented by saying:
It was a bit of a struggle for us today with the Gallagher team. I think overall we could have done a bit better but we really need to sit down tonight and get a plan together for tomorrow. You really have to qualify well at a place like this because passing is at such a premium. I’m still learning the track layout as well. We’ll spend time tonight assessing where we are overall and have a plan to come back stronger in final practice tomorrow morning.
Tony Kanaan ended his day in the No.10 NTT Data Chevrolet in 16th place just ahead of Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter Reay and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
It felt really good to be back on-track today in Long Beach. We tried a few things in both practices in terms of our qualifying setup that didn’t work as well as we’d hoped. We aren’t quite there yet with a setup that works for everyone, but I think we’re close. We had a strong qualifying in Phoenix and I’m confident that we’ll be able to work through the data and put together a strong qualifying effort for the No. 10 NTT DATA Chevrolet tomorrow.