Road America IndyCar: Top 10 quotes after race

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Road America IndyCar: Top 10 quotes after race
Jun 25, 2017, 7:15 PM

Dixon captures prized Road America win, 41st victory of Indy car career

Podium: race winner Scott Dixon, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda, second place Josef Newgarden, Team Penske Chevrolet, third place Helio Castroneves, Team Penske Chevrolet
Scott Dixon, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
Josef Newgarden, Team Penske Chevrolet
Helio Castroneves, Team Penske Chevrolet
Helio Castroneves, Team Penske Chevrolet
Simon Pagenaud, Team Penske Chevrolet
Will Power, Team Penske Chevrolet
Charlie Kimball, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
Charlie Kimball, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda pit stop
Ed Jones, Dale Coyne Racing Honda, Alexander Rossi, Herta - Andretti Autosport Honda
Graham Rahal, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda
Max Chilton, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
 Mikhail Aleshin, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda

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1   9 new_zealand Scott Dixon  
"The NTT Data car has really had pace all weekend. The Penske cars definitely had something figured out this weekend and we knew we were going to have a battle on our hands. Then we missed the morning warmup today with a fuel pressure issue. The team worked hard to fix the car and it was a bit of an unknown for the race, but it held up. We had great strategy and great pace today and I couldn't be happier for the team. We had a few races earlier this year that I felt got away, so this feels good and it's good for us in the points." 
2   2 united_states Josef Newgarden 0.5779
 "You can't predict (yellow flags) and I think our strategy was spot on. We were doing what we needed to do to stay out front there all day, but you just can't predict those yellows, and some days they fall your way and some days they don't. Today they didn't fall our way. (Scott) Dixon and the whole Ganassi team did a great job and they deserved to win with the job they did. I felt good about what we had and we had four strong Chevrolets all weekend with Team Penske. It stings a bit that we didn't get the win because of how good this car was all weekend. We looked good and you couldn't miss us.  We had the fastest lap which was pretty cool and I am just proud of all our guys. Just disappointed we couldn't get it done."
3   3 brazil Helio Castroneves 4.1918
"The REV Group Chevy was good, especially in the beginning. I was taking it easy and saving fuel, a lot of fuel actually. When we put the blacks (Firestone primary tires) on, I knew it was going to be rough. At the end of the race Scott (Dixon) did a good job saving fuel and going a lap farther. They were fast, for sure, and it's a shame because our car was really good without question. But when you battle this close with everyone it's the difference of one small detail. At the end of the day, it was a good day for the points championship. It's kind of disappointing that Team Penske didn't get the win here today considering how strong all of the cars were. That's the way it goes sometimes. We'll come back ready to go for Iowa."
4   1 france Simon Pagenaud 4.9721
"It's a little disappointing that a Team Penske car didn't win today, but no complaints about the No. 1 Menards Chevy. Congratulations to the (Scott) Dixon team. They did a great job. We did all that we could do. There were a lot of different tire strategies in play. We were one of the few teams that started on blacks and it worked for us. We just never had the opportunity to get around some cars and make more noise. In the end, it was a good day for us. It's an honor to carry the Menards name in the Midwest. The fan support was fantastic again this year."
5   12 australia Will Power 5.7227
 "We were just caught up in things all day. The Verizon Chevy was fantastic, just as it had been all weekend. I battled good with (Scott) Dixon on that first stint. Maybe we could have gone one more lap on that first set of tires, but the fuel numbers might not have worked out, so we played it safe. My hat is off to Scott (Dixon). I felt pretty good about a Team Penske victory today, but they did a great job. The guys gave me a great car and we didn't have any problems in the pits. We gave it all that we could. It was a good day for points and it will be very interesting from here."
6   83 united_states Charlie Kimball 14.7178
"Overall a really solid day for the Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing team. We had really good pace and really good fuel mileage on the first two stints. That third stint, I don't think I managed the Firestone alternates as well as some of the guys around me. You saw that with the No. 12 car with a better in and out lap. That was disappointing, because I think we could have maybe had a shot at a top five. Overall though, to fight off some competitors for that last stint after the final yellow felt good and it felt good to bring it home in sixth for the guys. Kind of a semi-trouble free weekend and pretty happy with it. Big congrats to the NTT Data team and the No. 9 car. What a way to celebrate Mike Hull's 25th anniversary with the team and get Honda and Chip Ganassi Racing their first win after coming back together this season." 
7   19 united_arab_emirates Ed Jones 21.6338
"It was a really tough race. We had a loose car yesterday. It was loose, but fast, for qualifying, and today again the car was really loose. I was hanging on the whole race, but the team had some good pit stops and we were able to move up. Obviously, the strategy was pretty similar to everyone else. Everyone was aggressive out there. It was hard racing but we came out with a seventh place and we moved up a little bit in the points." 
8   15 united_states Graham Rahal 22.2273
"The car was a handful today. I knew about five laps in that I didn't have the pace for a three-stop strategy. We tried as best we could to work with what we had during the race and overcome it. I would have obviously liked to have finished better, but eighth is about as good as we could do today. We struggled with a very loose race car all weekend and just couldn't put a dent in the problem. We worked awfully hard but just missed it this weekend. We will go test at Iowa now and hope to figure out some stuff there to come back strong at that race." 
9   8 united_kingdom Max Chilton 23.3076
 "It's not how we wanted it, especially after how quick we were this morning. I've said it before, sometimes if you're quick in warmup, you're nowhere in the race. Something just wasn't working for us. On a set of reds (Firestone alternate tires), we were struggling massively and then we went to the blacks (Firestone primary tires), which would've been alright, but then the safety car came out and everyone else had longer life on the reds and I was struggling again. It was just a frustrating afternoon, because I think we've been quick all weekend but nothing seems to go our way."
10   7 russia Mikhail Aleshin 24.3586
"I think the Lucas Oil SPM team did a great job to bring the No. 7 car in the top 10. I had nice pit stops and the car balance was fine. Today's result is not bad at all considering the problems we dealt with yesterday and with missing practice on Friday. It was a pretty intense race for me." 

 

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