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Watkins Glen: Top 10 quotes after race

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Watkins Glen: Top 10 quotes after race
Sep 4, 2016, 11:42 PM

Dixon's perfect drive nets 40th career win, fourth at Watkins Glen

Winner Scott Dixon, Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
Start: Scott Dixon, Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet leads
Scott Dixon, Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet takes the win
Second place Josef Newgarden, Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet
Josef Newgarden, Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet
Helio Castroneves, Team Penske Chevrolet
Helio Castroneves, Team Penske Chevrolet
Conor Daly, Dale Coyne Racing Honda
Sébastien Bourdais, KV Racing Technology Chevrolet
Charlie Kimball, Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
Charlie Kimball, Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
Simon Pagenaud, Team Penske Chevrolet
Tony Kanaan, Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet, Simon Pagenaud, Team Penske Chevrolet
Alexander Rossi, Herta - Andretti Autosport Honda
R.C. Enerson, Dale Coyne Racing Honda
Max Chilton, Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
 DriverTeam (Engine)Time/deficit
1 9 Scott Dixon Ganassi (C) 1h41m39.86sec
"These are the weekends you definitely don't forget. Just in the shear fact that we had such a smooth one, which made it hard also going into the race. We'd been fast in practice, fast in qualifying, and then obviously got the pole. You just think of the problems and maybe the strategy not going your way or having a mechanical that takes you out of it. All of it is what the team does. Huge credit to everybody at Team Target and the whole of the Ganassi organization. From the people back the workshop to the guys that are here on the weekend to make this opportunity possible. The car was just fantastic and the track I love. I love coming to upstate New York. This track is one of the old school great American tracks that we are lucky enough to come back here and race. A huge thanks to the Verizon IndyCar Series and everyone at The Glen for working this out in a very short timeframe and the fans responded. It was great to see so many people here with not even having this on the schedule really earlier. I just love being back here and I think we should have a double points race here and probably race two or three times more (a year) at The Glen."
2 21 Josef Newgarden Carpenter (C) 16.5308
"Well, there's a little discrepancy there with the timing stand and the driver. They give you a number to hit for fuel, and if you beat it a couple of laps in a row, you think 'OK they're going to raise the number and give me more fuel.' And they weren't giving me more fuel. So, I was screaming at them. I was like, 'Guys, I'm hitting this number, you give me more fuel now!' They finally gave it to me in the end. We were kind of in a different race compared to (Scott) Dixon. The right guy won it this weekend. There was really no stopping this guy. Congratulations to him and all of Chip Ganassi Racing. For us, I think we can't be too displeased with second place. It's been a tough weekend. It's not been our smoothest. I think we came back really strong. We had a phenomenal race with great pit stops and we got on the podium. So, it's a pretty good day. Hopefully we can go to Sonoma now and get even better results to finish off the year right." 
3 3 Helio Castroneves Penske (C) 21.4417
"It was really good. The Hitachi Chevy was actually running smooth. But, unfortunately when I saw the numbers, and the way the set-up for our car, I don't think we'd be able to save fuel. And I told those guys on the radio. Guys, let us think of some other strategy because this is going to be tough to save fuel. I'm glad they were able to pick-up really quick. We bailed out right away and were able to push as hard as we could and open up enough of a gap so in the end, I guess the No. 5 and the No. 18 ended-up running out of fuel, so it was a great strategy with Roger (Penske) and the Hitachi car. Now let's keep going. I know the championship might be over, but it's not over for Team Penske. So, now we need to focus and go win Sonoma."
4 18 Conor Daly Coyne (H) 24.3349
“I really just can’t believe that we ended up fourth! It was a back and forth race with all kinds of stuff going on. But our car was fast, we knew it all weekend. We just had horrible luck. At the end they said we were making the right fuel number and I was making up positions and then I was told we could go a little bit quicker, so one lap we used a bit more fuel and then they came on the radio and said ‘code red’. If we would’ve saved a little bit more on that one lap we maybe could have held off Helio. I had no idea where we were, third or fourth or fifth, but at the end of the day, I’ll take fourth!”
5 11 Sébastien Bourdais KVSH (C) 25.3815
"Overall I am pretty happy. The Hydroxycut/DPS Nutrition - KVSH Racing Team was competitive all weekend. It was a tough race and we knew push-to-pass was going to be really important. I didn't want to use it at the start. That was a mistake because everyone else did and I got swallowed up and got hit. After that it was always going to be a tough race trying to come from the very back. I got a lucky break with the first yellow and then as usual we were really good on fuel, so I wasn't worried about that. I was getting big vibrations and blisters on the rear tires. The last two or three laps I was really worried. I am just glad it stuck and thanks to our sponsors Hydroxycut, DPS Nutrition and Chevy. I am just really happy for the whole KVSH Racing organization.  We had the pace, passed a couple of cars and to finish in the top-five is very satisfying and a heck of an achievement."
6 83 Charlie Kimball Ganassi (C) 29.4268
"I didn't think we had a lot of contact with Graham (Rahal) - I felt like I gave him plenty of room around the inside. I was focused on the exit because the big passing opportunity especially with a restart like that was up the hill into the Bus Stop. The No. 83 Chevrolet was so fast and the Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing guys were so fast in the pit lane. That last stint we were focusing on the fuel mileage number. We came up the hill and everyone else that I passed I got to the left, and everyone stayed right to block, and Will - it's like he had no idea I was there. He just kept following I think the 26 car over, and ran me onto the grass, and when I bounced off the grass I bounced into him. I was sorry to have gotten into him, but frankly if he would have known I was there, I know he wouldn't have run me off the road. It was a crazy race for us for sure. If you would've told me after we had to stop at the end for a splash of fuel that I'd end up in the top six I'm not sure I would've believed you. I'm really happy with the result for the No. 83 Tresiba Chevrolet and even happier for (Scott) Dixon for grabbing the win today." 
7 22 Simon Pagenaud Penske (C) 31.1118
"It was a pretty eventful day. The last caution made it so the guys in front had to save a lot of fuel, and we didn't save enough at the start of the stint and was very slow. We made it back in seventh and for the championship the day was very good. We collected a lot of points and we have a bit of a cushion going into Sonoma. We still have to race hard, but it's going to be a lot more comfortable." 
8 98 Alexander Rossi Andretti-Herta (H) 32.0710
“I think it was a decent race. We had to save a lot of fuel there at the end, so I think a potential top five slipped through our hands because of that. But generally I think with a disappointing qualifying, that is the best that we could come up with. We’ll have to take this result and move on to Sonoma.”
9 19 R.C. Enerson Coyne (H) 32.3965
"It's pretty crazy. We had one killer start. We went from 11th to seventh just with people spinning off. I was on the push-to-pass, made a pass into the bus stop a little sideways and then held sixth for a long time. We then got caught out by the yellow, which for me was a big confidence destroyer. We were sitting at the back, the last running car. The team made the right call on the pit stop and we were just trying to hit the fuel number to make it to the end. It was pretty exciting. I think saving fuel is more of a mental thing. You have to keep reminding yourself to lift before a corner and then you catch yourself and realize you should've saved fuel in that last corner. It was tough but we were able to fly up the field there at the end." 
10 8 Max Chilton Ganassi (C) 32.9478
"It was a day that could have been fantastic but ended up slightly disappointing after running P2. I got damage on Lap 1, Turn 1, with the steering and then for the rest of the race my pace was pretty decent considering I was held back by the issue." 

(C) = Chevrolet ; (H) = Honda

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