Max Chilton: “It was a long day in the office”

Max Chilton - Credit: Joe Skibinski / IndyCar

Max Chilton was unable to make much impression on the Honda Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on Sunday, starting thirteenth but finishing down in sixteenth.

The Chip Ganassi Racing driver tried an alternative strategy, not pitting with the majority of the rest of the field during the first safety car period, but fell to the back when he was forced to finally take on fuel and tyres, and with the difficult nature of overtaking at the circuit, even with push-to-pass, it was a long afternoon under the sun.

Chilton is still looking for his first top ten finish on a road or street course in 2016, with his only top ten finish occurring at the Phoenix International Raceway in April, but despite his P16 finish, he felt it was an enjoyable weekend for the Briton.

“It was a long day in the office,” reflected Chilton. “I tried everything I could and I felt that my pace was pretty strong, but around here you have to be really strong to get by even with push-to-pass.

“It made it even harder with the temperatures, but I really did enjoy it out there this weekend. I learned a lot. It’s one of those things where you need the luck of the draw to do well and we just didn’t have it this weekend.”