Scott Dixon admitted to being disappointed to lose out on pole position for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach but was full of praise for Helio Castroneves for getting the job done.
The Chip Ganassi Racing driver ended up 0.1869 seconds down on the Team Penske driver in the Fast Six shootout, and admitted that he has been unable to get the most out of the red walled Firestone alternate tyres, which he feels could also hinder him during the race, although he is happy that the team appear to have good pace this weekend.
“Yeah, bit of a bummer there but congrats to Helio,” said Dixon. “It was a hell of a lap I think he put together there. The NTT Data car actually had a lot more grip than I expected and kind of caught me off guard I think.
“Once I felt it I tried to go beyond it a couple of times and just made too many mistakes I think on the qualifying run. I struggled a little bit this weekend on the red tyres just with straight-out speed.
“Unfortunately, I think we are going to be running a lot of reds tomorrow but that’s the way it will work out. But I’m definitely confident in the fact we have a great race car here, all four Ganassi cars have been strong this weekend and hopefully we will see how it plays out.”