The first Firestone Pit Performance Award of the year went to Scott Dixon’s Target Chip Ganassi Racing team. Their team had an impressive cumulative time of 95.36 Seconds during the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.
Dixon’s team wasn’t the only Chip Ganassi Racing team that posted low times, three of their teams finished in the top ten. Mike Hull, the Managing Director of Target Chip Ganassi Racing had this to say:
“Firestone’s recognition of Target Chip Ganassi Racing with the St. Petersburg Grand Prix Pit Performance Award validates teamwork. The Verizon IndyCar Series’ competitive pit lane requires over-the-wall excellence at the highest level. Winning on the track combines the statistically measured performance in the pit box to the track position gained at pit exit. Multiplied over a race distance, that’s the difference between the steps on the podium.”
This award was the first of the season, and every race (aside from the Indy 500) will have a team honored with the award and a $10,000 prize. It will be quite interesting to see if Chip Ganassi’s teams will continue to dominate pit lane, if the this reduction these awards will show correlation between winning and losing teams, and if smaller teams can make a run at the award throughout the year. I suppose only time will tell.
(4/10/14) – Parker Hall
Photo courtesy of Chris Jones – IMS Photo