IRL: Indy 500: Dixon, Manning Opening Day summary

Target Chip Ganassi Racing Toyota / G-Force /Firestone ...

Target Chip Ganassi Racing
Toyota / G-Force /Firestone

#1 Scott Dixon
Practice Speed: 219.760 mph (40.9536 seconds)
Laps run in #1 car: 22 (best lap was 21)
Laps run in #1T car: 7
Position at end of the day: 1st

"It was great to see so many fans out here with their families at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and have the weather collaborate as well. It really is a nice way to start off the month of May. It was a good start for us on track as well. We trimmed the car out just a bit because it was feeling pretty comfortable. We put some new tires on it and had a good run out there and I could feel that Toyota has made some great gains with the engine. The track was pretty greasy today and the wind was a factor but I was surprised to find that we still had some pretty good grip out there. We'll be pacing ourselves this week and throughout the month but it certainly helps to begin the month on a positive note."

#10 Darren Manning
Practice Speed: 217.218 mph (41.4330 seconds)
Laps run in #10 car: 31 (best lap was 29)
Laps run in #10T car: 20
Position at end of the day: 10th

"It was very exciting to start of my Indy 500 experience by seeing so many fans coming out to the track. It really helps set the tone and mood for the month. I can't believe we're three weeks away from the race and there's already such a buzz. It's great. On the track, today was about building my confidence up again after a humbling experience with the wall during the open test. We went out with plenty of downforce on the car and we're going to take it a step at the time. We plan to stay in the top ten and work our way up everyday. This week it's all about Pole day. We'll do qualifying runs towards the end of the week. Patience is the key."

-cgr-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Darren Manning , Scott Dixon , Chip Ganassi
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing