Defending NTT IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon in the No.9 PNC Bank Honda for Chip Ganassi Racing will roll off from eighth place in tonight’s Bommarito Automotive Group 500 at World Wide Technology Raceway in St Louis after a difficult qualifying where he and the team were unsure of what the issue was but he suspects that their tire pressures may have been a little off.
The Iceman who ended Friday night’s final practice session in sixth place commented saying:
I’m not sure if we had an issue with where our tire pressures were at or something, but it just kind of felt weird. The PNC Bank car was a lot better earlier in the day, so I think we need to learn a bit more why that was the case. I think if we ran another lap or two we would have been faster. I think our car will be good on the longer run for sure. I think our car is really good overall and I’m excited for the race.”
Felix Rosenqvist in the No.10 Monster Energy Honda starts the race from 10th place and speaking following the session he said:
Last week was tough. We only did one lap and more than anything we missed out on the experience of running the whole 500 miles. But this is a new week. It’s a new track and a new car, too. And even a new partner in Monster Energy. It’s not new to our Ganassi team (in NASCAR with Kurt Busch), but it’s their first time with an INDYCAR primary. We’re excited about this partnership. Our car wasn’t bad in qualifying, but I’m confident we can improve for the race. We tested here a few weeks ago so I’m pretty comfortable around here already.