Reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon in the No.9 Target Chevrolet had a strong race at Pocono on Monday.
Dixon, who started the race from 19th place on the grid following a strategy error in qualifying, carved his way through the field to finish the race in sixth place. The New Zealander has moved back up to fourth place in the Verizon IndyCar Series points standings following Helio Castroneves’ retirement from the race.
Speaking following the race Dixon commented by saying:
Well we started in the rear of the field and that didn’t help our cause with the Target team. We got held up in the second to last restart and some lapped cars didn’t go when they should have and that really cost us in terms of track position for sure. We clawed our way back into the mix but with so many good cars out there today it was hard to get all the way to the front to contend.
Tony Kanaan in the No.10 NTT DATA Chevrolet also had a strong day coming home inside the top ten in ninth place. TK started the race from ninth and kept pace with the leaders all afternoon and speaking following the event he stated:
We just couldn’t catch a break during the race today. Every time we’d make a run toward the front, something would go wrong. We had a mechanical issue that was affecting the fuel system and that caused a lot of problems for us. Then we lost a piece of our rear bumper pod that caused that last yellow. It just wasn’t our day.
Max Chilton in the No.8 Gallagher Chevrolet had a great day. The Englishman who had never raced at the ‘tricky triangle’ qualified in 17th place and came through the field to finish the race in 13th place.
Speaking following the conclusion of the race Chilton commented by saying:
I’m happy since that was my very first experience racing on the Tricky Triangle. That 500 miles seemed a lot longer than the Indianapolis 500 for some reason. I think we learned a lot though. We got through the whole race without incident as well. There was a lot of adjusting going on with the cars with the wind being a big factor. You constantly had to be adapting to the track and conditions. The last run was really close with all the cars packed back up and going for it. We started 18th and moved up in the race to 13th so that was good progress. I also learned a lot so I’m happy with the result for the Gallagher team in our first race here.
Charlie Kimball in the No.83 Tresiba® Chevrolet had a disappointing day, starting the race from 16th place he got caught up in the pit-lane incident with Alexander Rossi and Helio Castroneves.
Kimball’s car was undamaged in the incident and he was able to continue the race once his crew got the engine fired up.
Kimball ended the race in 15th place and speaking afterwards he commented by saying:
I don’t know what the 98 (Alexander Rossi) and 3 (Helio Castroneves) were doing there. We were coming into pit lane and they just sent the cars into the side of me. I’m just really disappointed with all of that. We had such a good car. The 83 crew has just really been on it all weekend with fixing the car and having to go to the backup car right before qualifying. I had so much confidence in the car every time I climbed in and for something silly that was completely out of our control on pit lane to put us back like that is just frustrating. After the incident on pit lane, the No. 83 Tresiba Chevrolet just wasn’t the same. We just had to try and finish the race clean, get a lap back when we could, and really just help our teammates by staying out of the way when we could.