Reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon heads to Watkins Glen this weekend following a tough race last time out in Texas.
At the Firestone 600 last Saturday, the New Zealander was forced to retire from the race following an incident on track with Ed Carpenter. This weekend however the Verizon IndyCar Series returns to a track where the Iceman has won three times before.
Speaking ahead of the race, Dixon stated:
Watkins Glen is one of those old-school, traditional road courses. It’s one of my favorite tracks on the INDYCAR circuit and we’ve had a lot of success there in the past with Team Target. The layout is really a driver’s track. I think every driver was excited when they announced we were going back. It’s a place where Indy car racing belongs. I’m glad INDYCAR was able to continue this relationship into the future, too, after the recent announcement of the 2017 schedule.
Tony Kanaan in the NTT DATA Chevrolet heads to the Glen following a strong race in Texas where he finished on the podium in third place and in doing so has moved up to third place in the Verizon IndyCar Series standings.
TK has a good record at the Glen, with a pair of podium finishes in his six previous starts here including a second place in 2005 and speaking ahead of the race he commented by saying:
It feels really good to be back at Watkins Glen, especially after seeing it back on the schedule for next season. Scott (Dixon) tested here before the rest of us and I didn’t believe him when he said how much faster it was, until I actually got out there and saw for myself. The last time I was on track here was in the old car (in 2010), so it’s definitely a lot faster now and just a different feel altogether. The track is really impressive, very smooth. I’m glad we’re getting the chance to go back to a road course with so much history.
Charlie Kimball is looking forward to racing at the Glen saying:
I’m really excited to be racing at Watkins Glen International this weekend. It’s a course that just has so much history within the sport. Since the race was announced, we’ve already seen and heard so much support from fans, too. The Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing team was able to do some testing earlier this month at The Glen and all I can say is, it’s fast! It’s got those really tight corners through the Boot, but also plenty of track space to gain some speed. I’m looking forward to getting back out there this weekend and getting a good result with the No. 83 Tresiba Chevrolet.
Max Chilton is looking forward to racing at Watkins saying:
We tested Watkins Glen last month and I really enjoyed the track. It’s fast, technical and very challenging. I know Scott (Dixon) has been particularly good there over the years, so I will be leaning on his experience as well. After the last few oval events, it will be nice to get back to road-course racing. The Gallagher team is continuing to get better and I’m learning and logging more and more laps each race weekend.