Chip Ganassi Racing Scott Dixon in the No.9 PNC Bank Honda, a three-time winner on the streets of Toronto says that the team can win from second on the grid where he will start Sunday’s 85-lap from after just missing out on pole position to Andretti Autosport’s Colton Herta.
Starting from second on the grid and with his championship rivals starting behind him, Sunday’s race is the perfect opportunity for the Iceman who is sixth in points to claim a victory and make up ground in the championship battle as he goes after his seventh NTT IndyCar Series title which would draw him level with the great AJ Foyt who is here in Toronto this weekend.
Speaking after setting a qualifying time of 59.3592s, Dixon said:
“Thought I might have a [pole-winning] lap in there, but kinda over-drove a bit into Turn 6. I think I was up about two-and-a-half tenths [of a second] until we got to that corner. You know, this track is pretty technical and easy to over-drive. The fastest bits are right up against the wall. The closer you get, the faster you go, but it’s a hard one to judge. It’s going to be an attrition race tomorrow, with some cautions here and there. But all-in-all, a good day for Honda and Chip Ganassi Racing. I think
all of our cars are really fast. Congrats to Colton [Herta], and to Honda for another 1-2. We can
win from here, I think, so we’re going to be giving it everything tomorrow.”
Championship leader Marcus Ericsson in the No.8 Huski Chocolate Honda starts the race from ninth place on the grid and speaking following the action, the Swede said:
P9 in qualifying today at @hondaindy . A bit disappointing after being P2 in practice this morning. Small margins as always in @IndyCar . We’ll get after it again tomorrow in the race 💪🏻💯 #ME8 #INDYCAR @HuskiChocolate @CGRTeams @HondaRacing_HPD pic.twitter.com/daSUmKzx50
— Marcus Ericsson (@Ericsson_Marcus) July 16, 2022
Jimmie Johnson in the No.48 Carvana Honda starts the race from 21st place with a time of 01:00.9817s and taking to Twitter following the action he said:
I’m enjoying the streets of Toronto and progressing nicely. pic.twitter.com/fgpAz6VgEy
— Jimmie Johnson (@JimmieJohnson) July 16, 2022
Defending series champion Alex Palou in the No.10 NTT DATA Honda suffered a mechanical failure during qualifying meaning that he will start the race from 22nd and speaking following the action the Spaniard said:
A shame that we had a mechanical failure during qualifying today but the car is super quick and will try everything tomorrow to make loads of spots! 💪@CGRTeams @NTTDATAServices pic.twitter.com/OLUW5Og58M
— Alex Palou Montalbo (@AlexPalou) July 16, 2022