Reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon in the No.9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet ended the opening morning of track action at the Honda Indy 200 at the Mid-Oho sports car course as the fastest driver and in the afternoon session, the New Zealander set the 10th fastest time.
Dixon who set a time of 01:04.8337s in the afternoon has won here five times with Ganassi the most successful team at the track. Speaking following the track action, Dixon commented by saying:
The Target car felt good this morning. We were quick and even put on a set of tires at the end of the first session, but didn’t get to use them after the red flag came out. In the second session we didn’t take tires like some of the others. I got out when it started raining and we stopped for the rest of the session.” (On success at Mid-Ohio) “It’s always a place that the team loves coming to. It’s 10 victories for the team here so it’s definitely been a place that we’ve run well at throughout the generations. Today it rolled off the truck pretty well and the car was decent. I think the car is always competitive and hopefully we’ll see what tomorrow brings. Obviously weather conditions are going to be tricky I think throughout and will definitely dice up the field a bit. Always happy to be here at Mid-Ohio. It’s always a fun track.
Tony Kanaan in the No.10 NTT DATA Chevrolet ended the day in second place behind Team Penske’s Will Power with a fastest time of 01:04.4663s and speaking following the session the Brazilian commented by saying:
I can’t complain about how the No. 10 NTT Data Chevrolet ran today. We took new tires at the end of both practices and saw some jumps in lap times. We were hoping to get a little more time on track at the end of the second session with those new tires, but we got a lot of good data at the test last week so we aren’t too worried about the lost 15 or 20 minutes of track time.
Charlie Kimball in the No.83 Tresiba® Chevrolet ended the day in sixth place with a fastest time of 01:04.6429s and speaking following the on track action the 2013 Mid-Ohio winner commented by saying:
Today was a good day. It’s really nice coming back to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course – the track is a lot of fun to drive. I think you can see that with all of the drivers and the smiles on their faces. The track itself is a lot of fun. There are a few things that have changed from year to year – the sealing patches in some of the corners wearing differently and how they rubber up is quite interesting. It’s a shame we didn’t get to put new tires on the No. 83 Tresiba Chevrolet because of the rain – I think we would’ve been quite quick. Some of the guys up and down pit lane definitely put new tires on and took a big jump in lap times. I think the track is getting better. Obviously with the rain washing stuff away we’ll have to adapt to that tomorrow morning and keep an eye on the weather for qualifying. I feel really good about the No. 83 – it was quick straight out of the box. Even though we didn’t test here last week, I was comfortable and up to speed. It’s been a good day in the No. 83 camp.
Max Chilton in the No.8 Gallagher Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet ended his day in 18th place with a time of 01:05.0931s and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
Mid-Ohio is such a great track. I think it really suits my driving style. Getting on the podium in both races last year here in Indy Lights was a great start for me. It was a shame that the second practice session got cut short, as I was one of only a handful of drivers that didn’t get to test here recently. I’m looking forward to coming back tomorrow in the Gallagher car, as you always learn something and come back better than the first day.