Forgettable IndyCar Classic for Ganassi drivers
Sunday’s IndyCar Classic at Circuit of the Americas did not go quite as planned for Chip Ganassi Racing.
Felix Rosenqvist and Scott Dixon started the race in fifth and sixth place respectively, but neither driver would leave COTA with a satisfying result.
While neither really challenged for the lead during the 60-lap race, they still ran inside the top ten for the majority and appeared to be up for decent finishes.
That all changed when Rosenqvist and James Hinchcliffe clashed at Turn 19 on lap 44. After using the wide runoff area at the corner, Hinchcliffe struck the back of Rosenqvist’s No. 10 machine, sending it directly into the inside barrier.
The rookie driver, who turned heads after qualifying third and leading 31 laps en route to a fourth place finish in the season opener in St. Petersburg, was immediately out of contention and finished the race 23rd, five laps down.
Race to forget today. Just always in the wrong place at the wrong time, and even spun on my own which is never a proud moment. Then ended up in the wall after a close battle with @Hinchtown - I’ll bring the pace I had from this weekend, and do a better job at Barber. 👍🏽 #NTTDATA— Felix Rosenqvist (@FRosenqvist) March 24, 2019
Rosenqvist’s accident also brought out the first and only caution of the race, which was disastrous for the leaders of the race that hadn’t pitted yet - a group that included Dixon. Forced to pit under yellow, Dixon came out in mid-pack and could only advance to 13th by the finish.
“It wasn’t our best race with the PNC Bank team. I’m really not sure what to say about it. I’m pretty frustrated and not sure what else to say,” Dixon said.
With the poor results, both drivers dropped in the points standings. Dixon fell one spot to third and Rosenqvist fell from fourth to a tie with Jack Harvey in 10th place.
But the 2019 IndyCar season is still a young one, and both drivers hope to have their luck turn around in the next race on the schedule, the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama on April 7 at Barber Motorsports Park.