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Three Cars In The Top Ten In St Pete For Ganassi Including A Podium

The 2022 NTT IndyCar Series season-opening Firestone Grand Prix presented by RP Funding showed us all one thing and that is despite a tricky start to the weekend in terms of pace, you can never count out Chip Ganassi Racing.

Ganassi managed to have three of their four cars finish inside the top ten in Sunday’s 100 lap race on the streets of St Petersburg.

In the opening practice session for the race on Friday, Marcus Ericsson in the No.8 Huski Chocolate Honda was the fastest of Ganassi’s four cars in 15th place.

Defending series champion, Alex Palou in the No.10 NTT DATA Honda was 17th while six-time champion Scott Dixon in the No.9 PNC Bank Honda was 19th.

Jimmie Johnson ended the opening session in 24th place in his No.48 Carvana American Legion Honda.

In the second practice session on Saturday morning there was a bit of an improvement from the team with Alex Palou ending the session in seventh place.

Marcus Ericsson improved to 13th while Scott Dixon was 20th. Jimmie Johnson was 26th.

In qualifying for Sunday’s race, Scott Dixon was the leading Ganassi car in seventh place while Marcus Ericsson was eighth. Alex Palou started the race from tenth while Jimmie Johnson started the race from 26th.

In the race itself, it was Alex Palou who made the most progress over the 100 lap race as he came from tenth, making up eight positions to finish on the podium just behind race winner Scott McLaughlin.

Scott Dixon used a three-stop strategy to finish the race in seventh place just ahead of Marcus Ericsson in eighth with the pair finishing where they started.

The Iceman led a number of laps through pit cycles but came home with a solid top ten finish.

Jimmie Johnson finished the race in 23rd place one lap down but felt he made plenty of progress compared to last season and heads to Texas Motor Speedway later this month full of confidence, telling Paddock Eye over the weekend in St Pete that he sees no reason why he can’t challenge to be in the top-15 or even the top ten in the race.

This consistent results are why Chip Ganassi Racing can never be ruled out.

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Finishing In Top Four With The Season We Had Last Year Was Mind-Boggling

Chip Ganassi Racing’s six-time NTT IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon, driver of the No.9 PNC Bank Honda says that it was mind-boggling to have finished last season in the top four was mind-boggling given the season the No.9 team had last year.

Speaking to Paddock Eye at St Pete on Friday, Dixon said it was weird to have finished the Indy 500 60 points out from Palou.

Dixon revealed that as a team on the No.9 crew they had issues with some of the tyre combos and that this is one thing that the team wants to work on for the 2022 season.

In the off-season, the team tried to focus on some of the things that they struggled with last season but they weren’t able to pinpoint where the issue was.

Dixon also said that the team will probably find out half way through the season where the issues are but that he is looking forward to the start of the season this weekend.

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Hopefully We Can Be In The Hunt

Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon in the No.9 PNC Bank Honda says he hopes they can be in the fight for the NTT IndyCar Series championship which gets underway in St Petersburg this weekend with the Firestone Grand Prix presented by RP Funding.

The Iceman is going for a seventh title this year.

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Dixon Going For Seven

Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon in the No.9 PNC Bank Honda heads into this weekend’s 2022 NTT IndyCar Series season-opening Firestone Grand Prix presented by RP Funding aiming to kick start what he hopes will be a year that sees him win his seventh series title with a strong result on the streets of St Pete.

While many are looking at Arrow McLaren SP’s Pato O’Ward, Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden, and Andretti Autosport’s Colton Herta as the main title contenders this season, it would be extremely foolish to rule out ‘The Iceman.’

Dixon is entering his 19th season with Chip Ganassi Racing in the NTT IndyCar Series and is the longest-tenured driver at a single team in series history.

Dixon is third in the all-time winner’s list on 51 wins and is just one away from IndyCar legend Mario Andretti who has 52 wins while AJ Foyt leads the way on 67 victories.

Chip Ganassi Racing head into the 2022 NTT IndyCar Series aiming to retain the championship for the third year in a row.

The Firestone Grand Prix presented by RP Funding on the streets of St Petersburg takes place this weekend. For further information click here.

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Our Goal Remains The Same, To Win The Indy 500 And The Championship

Six-time NTT IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon says that Chip Ganassi Racing’s target for the 2022 season remains the same as every year and that is to win the Indianapolis 500 in May and then win the championship.

Speaking during Tuesday’s media content day in Indianapolis, the driver of the No.9 PNC Bank Honda said that he needs to get more comfortable with the Firestone tyres as this is where he felt the team were lacking during 2021.

Dixon also described the current induration of IndyCar as like driving a junior formula car and he feels that the car which has been used by the series is too heavy however, he believes that the introduction of the aeroscreen has been a great innovation in terms of safety and that is the most important thing.

The 2022 NTT IndyCar Series season marks Dixon’s 19th consecutive season with Ganassi in the series and he has no plans to slow down anytime some as he is still gets immense enjoyment from competing in the series and working with the team at Chip Ganassi Racing.

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Palou, Dixon And Ericsson Join Ganassi For The Rolex 24 Hours

Chip Ganassi Racing announced on Froday that their defending NTT IndyCar Series champion Alex Palou, six-time champion, Scott Dixon and Marcus Ericsson will all join the team for the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona.

Palou and Dixon will share one of Chip Ganassi Racing’s No.1 Cadillac DPI with their full-time IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship drivers, Sebastien Bourdais and Renger Van Der Zande.

Marcus Ericsson, driver of the No.8 Huski Chocolate Honda will share the No.2 Cadillac DPI with Alex Lynn, Earl Bamber and Kevin Magnussen.

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The Rolex 24 Hours takes place on January 29/30.