Chip Ganassi Racing team owner Chip Ganassi was delighted after current NTT INDYCAR SERIES championship leader Alex Palou in the No.10 The American Legion Honda claimed his first Indianapolis 500 pole following a dramatic final day of qualifying at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
We worked hard and never gave up. We had plenty of opportunities to quit but that’s not what we do here. “That is exactly what this team is all about.”
Alex Palou who set a qualifying speed of 234.217MPH.
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Scott Dixon in the No.9 PNC Bank Honda says the No.9 crew have a great race car and starts the race from 6th place and speaking following the action the Iceman said:
“Huge day for the team. That was cool to keep the tradition alive. Three in a row for the team is fantastic and congrats to Alex and the No. 10 car group. Our last run was just so loose, just scrubbing a ton of speed. We’ll regroup and get ready for the race from here.”
Takuma Sato in the No.11 Deloitte Honda starts the race from 8th place with a speed of 233.098MPH and speaking following the action he said:
Fantastic qualifying for the team. Congratulations to Alex. What an amazing speed and accomplishment for the team. I wish I would have been in the Fast 6 today, but it was a great team effort.”
Defending Indianapolis 500 winner Marcus Ericsson in the No.8 Huski Iced Spritz Honda starts the race from tenth with a speed of 232.889MPH.
Speaking following the action, Ericsson said:
“Another interesting day here at the Speedway. The No. 8 crew did a good job all weekend. P10 and we would have hoped for a bit more than that. It’s still a really solid place to start the race from and we can definitely win from there. Looking forward to working on the car to go race on Sunday. Big congrats to the whole team and the organization for being on pole. That was an incredible pole run and I’m really happy for everyone. It shows the team effort from everyone and obviously very happy for Alex. It was well deserved.”