SCOTT DIXON, NO. 9 TARGET CHIP GANASSI RACING CHEVROLET: IS THAT WHAT YOU GUYS EXPECTED?
“To be honest, it was a little better than what we thought, especially on the first lap. I thought we would be kind of around a mid-226 mph or a low 226 mph. I’m not sure if we got a gust of wind. But we’ll take it if that is what is going to help. It is hard going early because a lot of our competition or the ones that will be fighting for the pole will obviously coming quite late on in the run especially Penske guys. I think the Team Target guys did a hell of a job to get the combination together. The worked hard. You work and your mindset is on one combination a for a whole week, even the lead up to it on low boost. Then a low configuration and a high boost, then it changes. You just have to take your best guess at it and you got a small feeling in a session and you really know how it is going to be.
“Today with these long days and when you are not out in the car but just talking about scenarios and things. It is nerve wracking to be getting in a car that you haven’t really driven because the combination has changed so much. All-in-all we are doing our best. We are confident in our race setup. That is what counts.”
ON BEING ON POLE:
“It means a lot. I think with all the preparation that goes into qualifying alone we still have the race to come next week. I’m just so proud of everybody at Team Target whether it’s the engineers and everybody that has worked so hard to get the speed out of this car. It was definitely a tough day. I’m stoked. Just extremely happy that we are on the pole I wasn’t sure we went so early that it was going to stick.”
HOW IMPORTANT IS IT FOR YOU TO START UP FRONT?
“It’s always a lot better than starting anywhere else. Obviously we try to keep Chip happy and that is not always an easy thing to do. I just have to thank all the people on the team. All these people that work with us. Obviously my teammates too, TK (Tony Kanaan) was some good humor back at the truck as we were watching some of the other competitors go. I thank all of them for their support. I don’t know, we are starting in the right place, but it’s a long race. We want to replicate what we did in 2008.”
HOW DIFFICULT WAS IT BEING THE THIRD CAR OUT? HOW TOUGH WAS IT TO WATCH THE SESSION?
“It’s daunting. I hadn’t been in that situation before. I can’t exactly remember how 2008 played out, but I don’t think we went that early. I think not having the fast nine there is no second chance that was it. You have a 30 minute practice to try and combine your best effort with the new configuration that we have and I don’t know man I’m just so damn happy for this team it’s fantastic, so happy for Target, we are starting on the pole
CHIP GANASSI, TEAM OWNER, NO.9 TARGET CHIP GANASSI RACING CHEVROLET: ON SCOTT DIXON WINNING POLE FOR INDIANAPOLIS 500:
“This is a real testament to the team. The driver really comes into play during the race. Obviously you need a great driver here, but qualifying is just all about the team. Preparation and the Target team just did a great job here today. I couldn’t be more happy with them, Scott Dixon, Mike Hull, the engineers, everybody. I’m blessed to have great guys like that to work with.”
ON THE CHALLENGES OF THE DAY:
“We felt we had a pretty good car prior to that. Going backwards is a lot easier than going forward. My hats off to Roger Penske and his team, they keep us honest. When you beat them you have done something at this place. I feel pretty good about that.”
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