IRL: St. Pete: Chip Ganassi Racing qualifying report


#9 Scott Dixon- Honda / Panoz /Firestone

After setting the fourth fastest time in the initial qualifying session, Dixon participated in the Top Six Shootout along with Dario Franchitti, Tony Kanaan, Sam Hornish Jr., Helio Castroneves and Brian Herta. Dixon was the only driver to improve his position as he posted the second quickest time and will start from the front row next to pole sitter Dario Franchitti for the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

"I took the one lap qualifying run cautiously but the car was solid. For the Firestone Fast Six the Target crew put on a new set of tires, but I had a lot of understeer. Dario (Franchitti) has been really quick all weekend, but you cannot overlook Helio (Castroneves) who was fast in the session as well. I know Dan (Wheldon) wasn't completely satisfied with qualifying, but I'm sure he'll be up there in the mix when things count. I think you won't see as much passing as last year because of the balance in power between the cars now, but this is street racing so you never can predict the outcome."

Dixon's second place starting position is his best since starting second at Fontana California (Oval) in 2004. The last time Dixon started a street course from the front row was with a second place start at the Miami Grand Prix (Street) during the 2002 Champ Car Season.

#10 Dan Wheldon- Honda / Panoz /Firestone

"I'm disappointed that we weren't quicker to be honest. The Target car is really good on the long runs but I just couldn't get it up to speed quickly enough in qualifying trim. It's unfortunate but we have a race to look forward to and anything can happen. It should be even more a show than it was last year with all the cars being more even with everyone running with Honda we'll all be a lot close proximity. We just need to have a good start and work our way forward."


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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Dario Franchitti , Scott Dixon , Tony Kanaan , Dan Wheldon , Chip Ganassi , Sam Hornish Jr. , Brian Herta
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing