Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon in the No.9 PNC Bank Honda will start the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil from ninth place on the grid following a tricky qualifying session at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday afternoon.
The Iceman set a four lap qualifying average of 227.262MPH. Dixon who goes into the race off the back of a second place finish in the IndyCar Grand Prix of Indianapolis commented by saying:
It’s always a tricky situation whether or not you go out and practice in the morning. The conditions are so different really, so we elected not to just like last year. The PNC Bank car was good, we tried a couple things today we hoped would pick up the speed. It didn’t pan out, but we were in the Fast Nine for the second straight year and we’re proud of that. We’ll just have to now see how the race plays out.
Ed Jones in the No.10 NTT DATA Honda starts his second Indianapolis 500 from 29th place on the grid following a four lap average speed of 225.362MPH and speaking following the session, Jones who finished the 2017 Indianapolis 500 on the podium in third place commented by saying:
On Lap 3, I went into Turn 1 and just lost the front of the NTT DATA car, unfortunately. So, I almost got into the wall and had to lift, which really killed the momentum. That lap really hurt the average and it’s pretty upsetting to have that happen, especially after having a solid car yesterday. Everything changed today and we did our best. But we have a good race car and now we focus on the race.