Max Chilton: “It ended up not being too bad”

Despite finishing fourteenth during the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, Max Chilton was happy with the outcome of his race, especially after starting down in nineteenth position for Sunday’s race.

The #8 Chip Ganassi Racing driver felt the afternoon around the legendary street circuit was exciting for the former Formula 1 driver, battling hard for position during the caution-free race, even though at times he found himself in the wrong position when it came to traffic.

“It was a really fun, exciting race,” revealed Chilton, who passed Graham Rahal for fourteenth late in the race. “It could have gone two ways and it ended up not being too bad.

“In the start I struggled with constantly getting caught in traffic and being in the wrong place at the wrong time. We had a really good strategy all race, especially the last stint when we did a full fuel stint when the others didn’t and ended up struggling a bit at the end.

“I was able to catch a couple of cars in the last five laps and then get past Rahal at the finish line. It’s not the best result, but considering where we started I don’t think a 14th place finish is all that bad.”