Reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon in the No.9 Coca-Cola Chevrolet had a positive qualifying session for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park on Saturday as he will start the race from 4th place alongside Josef Newgarden. Speaking following the session, Dixon stated:
I think we were just too loose honestly with the Coke car. We had a lot of improvement from yesterday but I’m still disappointed we weren’t all the way up there at the end. We tried to minimize laps on tires to conserve them for the race tomorrow. I think we should be in good shape for the race and hopefully get to the top step on the podium here finally.
Tony Kanaan in the No.10 NTT Data Chevrolet was left disappointed with how his session finished. The Brazilian felt he was held up by Sebastien Bourdais and will start the race from ninth place. TK suffered a voltage power issue on Friday morning and speaking following qualifying he commented by saying:
I think we had a much better car than our qualifying result showed today. We got held up a bit by another car that had just finished with their fastest lap and we weren’t ever able to put together our fast lap. The No. 10 NTT Data Chevrolet was actually getting better as the run went on, but we just couldn’t get the time and gap that we needed. It’s not really anyone’s fault, but it’s still frustrating. I trust the NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing guys and I know they’ll give me a great race car. I think tomorrow’s race is going to be pretty exciting and I’m looking forward to showing what the No. 10 can really do.
Charlie Kimball in the No.83 Tresiba Chevrolet will start the race from 10th place and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
I’m really happy with our qualifying effort today at Barber. The No. 83 Tresiba Chevrolet was not where we needed it to be yesterday or even this morning in practice. We needed to find a direction for qualifying and we definitely did. We put the alternate Firestone tires on it and found a lot of lap time we’d been missing this weekend. It was nice to make it through to the top 12 and start inside the top 10. We have a solid direction for race setup and it’s really good to see all four Chip Ganassi Racing Teams cars inside the top 11 for tomorrow’s race.
Max Chilton in the No.8 Gallagher will start the race from 11th place just behind Kimball and speaking following the session he stated:
The start was good and we did back-to-back sets of red Firestone alternate tires and I think it paid off for us. But with that, in the second session we didn’t have any tires left, but I’m happy with the job we all did and getting to Round 2. I think finishing where we did after where we started was a big win so far this weekend and I’m looking forward to seeing how far we can move up tomorrow in the race.