Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon in the No.9 PNC Bank Honda endured a day to forget at Iowa Speedway in the Iowa Corn 300. The Iceman who went into the race with a 45 point lead over Ryan Hunter Reay started the race from 6th place on the grid.
The New Zealander suffered problems with his car and a mix up on pit-road led to the wrong tires being put on the car upsetting the balance and handling of the car.
Dixon went on to finish the race in 12th place and heads to the Honda Indy Toronto this weekend with a 33 point lead in the championship having lost just 12 points to defending series champion Josef Newgarden.
Speaking following the race he said:
We kind of got stuck behind (Alexander) Rossi on the first stint and his pace kind of backed us up. Each time we changed lanes with the PNC Bank car, his spotter must have been telling him where we were going, and he kind of just kept putting the block on. That’s how it goes sometimes. That’s racing and it’s no one’s fault. The big problem for us was the tire issue toward the end, having the fronts on backward. That really put us in the hole and we should have finished better than we did.
Ed Jones in the No.10 DC Solar Honda started the race from eighth place and finished the event in 13th place and speaking following the race he said:
It was a tough day in the DC Solar car. I felt the team did a great job overall in practice and qualifying. I felt comfortable in the car for the race, but unfortunately, the tire degradation was much greater than we anticipated. I think looking at the results, the teams that tested here recently really had the upper hand today.”