Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon in the No.9 PNC Bank Honda said that his car felt really good as he was one of only two Honda powered cars along with Vasser Sullivan with Dale Coyne Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais to make it into the Firestone Fast Nine for today’s qualifying for the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.
Speaking after setting a four lap average speed of 227.782MPH, the Iceman commented by saying:
“It was much better today out there overall for the whole No. 9 PNC Bank team. The car really felt good today and I was comfortable – I was feeling a lot better than yesterday too, but we’re just still lacking some speed to match the tops cars right now in qualifying. The team has been working very hard to make the most out of it and we’ll see what the conclusion of qualifying brings tomorrow.
Ed Jones in the No.10 NTT DATA Honda was left disappointed after missing out on a place in the Firestone Fast 9, the Dubai native ended the day in 13th place with a speed of 226.995MPH and speaking following the session he said:
The guys did a great job overall for the NTT DATA car. We struggled a bit yesterday trying to find qualifying pace, and ran about 50 laps alone on qualifying setups. It’s great to be with this (Chip) Ganassi team because they constantly work at it and push to find speed. I think we got a little bit unlucky with the sun coming out during our run. That definitely hurt our pace a bit, but on the other hand considering our struggles yesterday I’m happy with the pace we have now