INDIANAPOLIS – For some reason, the Chip Ganassi Racing camp has struggled in the Verizon IndyCar Series practice sessions this year. They aren’t typically banging on the door on the top of the speed charts as that’s been the course through the opening four races of the 2016 season.
That didn’t change on Thursday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway either, as the four car team had their hands full in both practice sessions for Saturday’s third annual Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis (3:30 p.m. ET/ABC/IMS Radio Network).
In the opening of the two IndyCar practice sessions from the 2.439-mile IMS road course, only Scott Dixon found his way into the top 10 on the speed charts, as he turned a lap of 1:10.3779-seconds in his No. 9 Target Chevrolet.
The next best was rookie Max Chilton as he was only 17th out of 24 drivers to turn a lap in the session. Charlie Kimball who has two top fives in as many Grand Prix of Indy starts was 18th with Tony Kanaan being 21st.
In the second session, it was a slight improvement but not by much.
Dixon led the way again for the team as he was actually quickest on the speed charts. That should give the team a little bit of hope for the rest of the weekend.
But, Kimball was second for the Ganassi camp in being 11th, with Chilton 18th and Kanaan 23rd.
That has to have them thinking they need more speed for Friday’s qualifying session, as this pace won’t make them contenders in the Fast Six.
But, if you look at their previous two road course races at Indy though, this shouldn’t be too surprising.
Dixon has finishes of 15th and 10th respectively, Kanaan 10th and seventh and Kimball two straight fifth place efforts.
Yes, they have five top 10’s between them, but they’re not battling for the wins here. This isn’t anything the team with so many resources can’t fix though as I’d suspect they’ll hold suit and battle for top 10’s on Saturday.
As far as the pole, this is Penske’s to lose.