Team Ganassi Ready For Indy 500

Dixon Seeks Second 500 Win, Jones Looking For First

Scott Stiller
May 27, 2018 - 6:20 am
Ed Jones NTT Data And Scott Dixon PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing Honda's

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Chip Ganassi and his IndyCar teams are ready for The Greatest Spectacle In Racing with Sunday’s 102nd Indianapolis 500.

Ganassi’s team has won the race four times: 2012 and 2010 with Dario Franchitti, 2008 with Scott Dixon and 2000 with Juan Pablo Montoya and Ganassi shares a fifth Borg Warner trophy from when he co-owned Patrick Racing in 1989, the year Emerson Fittipaldi earned his first trip to victory lane at Gasoline Alley.

“We were challenged a little bit in qualifying, but I think we’ll be fine in the race,” Ganassi said. “It’s 500-miles, anything can happen, but we have all of the faith in the world in Scott Dixon and Ed Jones.”

Jones, who joined the team this year as driver of the No. 10 NTT Data Honda, finished third in last year’s 500 and would like to make it to the top podium step this year.

“Obviously that’s the goal, that’s everything we work for, everything I want,” said Jones.  “It’s hard to explain what a win would mean. The amount of work that went in to get into this, not just this month but the years building up to it, this would make it all worth it.”

Accomplishing the goal of winning is not going to be easy with so many variables including 32-other competitors on the track, weather that is expected to be over 90-degrees and a new car.

“It’s going to be a tough race for everybody,” said Jones.  "Everybody is talking about this new car and how it moves around a lot more. The heat is going to add to that and make it more difficult.”

Dixon was 2nd fastest in the final practice session during Carb Day on Friday where temperatures were warm but not as warm as what is expected for the race.  He’ll start the race from the 9th position.

“You just never know exactly what you’re going to have until you get to the race.” said Dixon, a four-time series Champion and the Verizon IndyCar Series winningest active driver.

Jones says being careful getting to the front will be important from his 29th starting spot.

“I think taking every opportunity as it comes,” said Jones.  “Not making silly mistakes.  You’ve got to be patient when you need to and attack when you can.  And if you can overtake cars, especially as the stints go on as people’s tires go off, that’s going to be the key.”

Ganassi, 60, would love to add another Baby Borg Warner Trophy to his collection but more importantly he would like to take his sponsors and partners to victory lane, including the place where he started banking as a kid.

“I’ve been a customer at PNC since I was 12 or 15-years old when I opened my first checking account,” said Ganassi.  “It’s really a pleasure.  You know for so many years being involved in the sport and not having a hometown connection but now it’s the best hometown connection one can have.  I think with PNC it shows leadership, the type of financial institution they are but more importantly, the type of company they are in the community.  I think whether its Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, Minneapolis to Miami they are showing leadership in many areas and this is just one of them.”

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