President of Honda Performance Development David Salters says he has huge admiration for Chip Ganassi Racing after Scott Dixon in the No.9 PNC Bank Honda took his fourth pole position for the 05th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge.
The Iceman took the NTT P1 Award with a four-lap average of 231.685MPH and speaking following the action, Salters commented saying:
“I’d just like to show our appreciation and massive admiration for Chip Ganassi Racing and Scott Dixon, and also the Andretti Autosport organization and Colton Herta. Both teams – along with Meyer Shank Racing – put on a tremendous show today, for our fans and the public. I’d like to massively thank our team ofHonda engineers and associates at HPD, who push every day. It’s lovely to see their efforts rewarded. To sum it up as a native Englishman, this was the bollocks.”
“Huge shout-out to Honda, kudos to them for getting seven of the [Fast Nine] spots, as this series is
just so competitive. The longer I’m involved in this sport, the more I appreciate the accomplishments we achieve as a team, as I realize just how hard they are. To have four Chip Ganassi Racing cars in the top nine, every team would dream of that. It’s hard work, and it’s never any one person singularly responsible, we have a great team and everyone works super-hard to make it all work.
“I’m so happy just to have the chance to [make the fast nine and] run for the pole today. I just can’t wait for next Sunday. I know we have a great race car, we just lacked that first and second lap [qualifying] speed that Scott [Dixon] had today. But I’m happy with how today went. I’m super happy for Gainbridge, the whole Andretti Autosport team, and proud to be powered by Honda. You saw how many cars were powered by Honda in the Fast Nine [seven], it’s incredible.”
“The conditions today were pretty decent. I got a question [from his team] right before my run asking if I wanted to trim out more and I decided not to, and I regret it. But it was a great run for us, I was pretty comfortable. But I’m happy for Scott [Dixon]. We havesuch a great atmosphere on this team. Of course, I wanted it to be me [on the pole], but I’m really happy for Scott and the Ganassi team.
“It was an incredible weekend for Honda and HPD. It’s a real tribute to all the hard work everyone [at HPD’s headquarters] in Santa Clarita [California]. Congratulations to Scott Dixon and Chip Ganassi Racing for getting all four of their cars in the Top Nine shootout, the perfect overnight repairs to Alex Palou’s car [damaged in a crash on Saturday] and running a flawless week.
1. Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing
2. Colton Herta AndrettI Autosport
5. Tony Kanaaan Chip Ganassi Racing
6. Alex Palou Chip Ganassi Racing
7. Ryan Hunter Reay Andretti Autosport
8. Helio Castroneves Meyer Shank Racing
9. Marcus Ericsson Chip Ganassi Racing
10. Alexander Rossi Andretti Autosport
11. Ed Jones Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser Sullivan Racing
13. Pietro Fittipaldi Dale Coyne Racing with RWR
15. Takuma Sato Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
16 James Hinchcliffe Andretti Autosport
18. Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
20. Jack Harvey Meyer Shank Racing
23. Santino Ferrucci Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
25. Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport
28. Stefan Wilson Andretti Autosport