Scott Dixon may not have won the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series championship however he, Chip Ganassi Racing and Honda can go into the off season safe in the knowledge that they have a solid foundation to build on for 2018.
The 2017 season started with multiple changes for the team with Target leaving and Honda arriving however, Dixon and his No.9 crew took the changes in their stride.
At the season opening Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg, Dixon finished on the podium with a third place finish. The Iceman followed this up with a fourth at Long Beach, in Alabama, he finished second.
In Phoenix it was fifth, heading into the month of May the team looked extremely strong and at the Indianapolis Grand Prix he finished in second place and took pole position for the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500.
In Detroit, Dixon was back on the podium with second in race 1 and sixth in race 2.
In Texas, Dixon led 12 laps and finished the race in ninth place, moving on to the Kohler Grand Prix at Road America, he took victory.
Two top ten finishes at Iowa and Toronto followed while at Mid-Ohio he finished in ninth.
In Pocono, Dixon finished sixth while at the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 presented by Valvoline he finished on the podium in second place.
In Watkins Glen he once again finished on the podium in second just behind race winner Alexander Rossi.
At the weekend he went into the race in second place in the championship just three points behind Josef Newgarden however in the race he was suffering from a loose car on Alternate tires and came home in fourth place finishing the year in third place in the championship on 621 points.
Chip Ganassi Racing should be delighted because although they didn’t win the championship they ended the year as the leading Honda powered team due to the consistency of Scott Dixon.
The 2017 season was always going to be a transition year for Ganassi as they adapted to Honda but and with the new aero kit coming in for 2018 and with Ganassi having been chosen to conduct the team test they should hit the ground running once again in 2018!