Max Chilton was delighted with his first oval Verizon IndyCar Series race after claiming rookie honours with a seventh place finish at the Phoenix International Raceway under the lights on Saturday evening.
The Chip Ganassi Racing driver was in contention for a top five finish until the closing stages, and only missed out when he was caught in traffic and passed by American racers Graham Rahal and Josef Newgarden.
Former Formula 1 driver Chilton believed it was a strong race for him and his team, and it bodes well for him on ovals going forward, and he praised his team for giving him such a good car to drive all evening long in Arizona.
“I think this was an amazing result for me,” said Chilton. “We were able to move forward and stay up near the front of the pack for most of the race.
“I think I was even in the top five for a while, but got caught in some traffic and got shuffled back a bit. I’m really pleased with the result considering this is my first oval race in this series.
“Big props to the team for making the No. 8 Gallagher Chevrolet so easy to drive.”