Reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon heads into this weekend’s ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway following a tough race last time out at the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio where he was forced to retire from the race as a result of mechanical issues with his No.9 Target Chevrolet.
Dixon is currently in 5th place in fifth place in the series standings having lost a position to Josef Newgarden following the race in Mid-Ohio.
Dixon is hopeful that following two tough races here in the past two season that he and Chip Ganassi Racing can challenge for the win this weekend. Speaking ahead of the race, the Iceman commented by saying:
This is one of the toughest oval style tracks you’re ever going to encounter. It’s the ‘Tricky Triangle’ so that really sums it up. For us in 2013 it was a great moment to bring back open-wheel racing to Pocono with a win and a 1-2-3 finish. You have to put a lot of hard work into getting everything right on this track. Nothing is a given here. While we’ve kind of struggled there the past two races, we know what we need to do to be successful, so hopefully we can get it turned around for this time around.
Charlie Kimball driving the No.83 NovoNordisk Chevrolet heads to Pocono hoping to build on a strong performance last time out in Mid-Ohio. Kimball started the race from fifth place and came home in eighth place as the highest placed finisher of Chip Ganassi Racing’s four drivers.
Speaking ahead of the race this weekend, Kimball commented by saying:
We learned a lot a couple of weeks ago testing at Pocono Raceway, mostly focusing on mechanical and aero changes so we have a good plan for the qualifying and race car setups when we return for the ABC Supply 500. If conditions were like they were during testing, I think there’s going to be a lot of talk about balance this weekend. As far as how the race strategy plays out, it’s anyone’s guess right now – we’ll have to wait and see if yellows play a big part or if we’re clean and fast. Even with a couple of test days, two off weekends seems like an eternity to be away from the track. I’m looking forward to going back for 500 miles on Sunday with the Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing Team.
Tony Kanaan in the No.10 NTT DATA Chevrolet goes into Sunday’s race in Pocono following a 12th place in Mid-Ohio. The Brazilian is currently in sixth place in the Verizon IndyCar Series points standings on 357 points equal with team mate and reigning series champion Scott Dixon.
Speaking ahead of the race, Kanaan commented by saying:
I’m definitely ready to get back on track this weekend at Pocono after a few off weekends. We did a lot of testing in those few weeks so it wasn’t technically ‘off,’ but it’s still not the same as a race weekend. Pocono Raceway is an interesting track because there are so many little things you have to get right to be successful here. We had a really good test day at Pocono a few weeks ago and as a team I think we were able to get a lot of really good data we can use this weekend. It’s no secret that this style of track is my favorite, so I’m hoping we can pull out a win this weekend on the ‘Tricky Triangle.
Max Chilton in the No.8 Gallagher Chevrolet finished the race in Mid-Ohio in 16th place with the Englishman heading to Pocono in 19th place in the series standings on 187 points. Speaking ahead of the race he commented by saying:
Pocono seems like one of the most challenging tracks we’re going to this season. The three corners are all very different, and based on that I think setup will be a compromise to really get the Gallagher car handling right. I know the team has done well here over the last few years since INDYCAR returned, and I’m looking forward to my first trip to the ‘Tricky Triangle.