Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon in the No.9 PNC Bank Honda said the team made the most of what they had on Sunday as the Iceman who started race two of the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 doubleheader on Sunday in sixth place and came home in fifth.
The result from yesterday coupled with his win on Saturday means that Dixon has a 96 point lead in the championship over Josef Newgarden in second place as the series potentially heads to Mid Ohio next month.
Speaking following the race, Dixon said:
The PNC Bank crew did a great job today. We got into a little bit of traffic in those sequences, and Zach Veach totally screwed us. He was laps down and was totally slowing everyone down. I’m not sure if he was trying to help his teammate (Colton) Herta, but he screwed my race and (Takuma) Sato’s race. I’m not sure how that happens when you are fellow Honda teams. I would have expected something else, especially with the other manufacturer running P1-4. It was a decent points’ day, and we just made the most of what we had.”
Felix Rosenqvist in the No.10 Monster Energy Honda ended the race in seventh and speaking following the race the Swede said:
That was definitely an improvement on ovals, in general, and to yesterday’s finish (P8). I just couldn’t really take advantage of many moments today because it was a pretty static race. We were a bit unlucky when we caught Ed Carpenter going really slow. He let Conor Daly by because I think they’re friends, and then he kind of blocked me, and we lost a lot of time. I got it back in the end there with the yellow. We got really lucky. We used the momentum to get past those two guys, and I thought we had a good finish with the Monster Energy car.”
It was a disappointing day for Marcus Ericsson who ended the race in 23rd place following an issue with the No.8 Huski Chocolate Honda. Speaking following the action the Swede said:
“I think the Huski Chocolate Honda was really fast today. We had the pace again today to be fighting for a podium and a win. Again, we lost a lot of positions in the pit sequence, unfortunately, so we need to look at that and analyze what’s going on there. Then, we had an issue with the rear wing. I tried to hang on and reported that something was wrong because the car was sliding everywhere. After a while, we realized that something was wrong with the rear wing, so they brought us in to change the rear wing. We obviously lost a lot of laps, but then when we got out the car felt good again and really fast. We were still a lot of laps down. It’s a disappointing day.”