Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon in the No.9 PNC Bank Honda described his race at the ABC Supply 500 as tough.
The Verizon IndyCar Series points leader came through the field from 13th place on the grid to finish on the podium in third place.
The result means that the Iceman remains in lead of the championship however the cushion has been cut to 29 points following Alexander Rossi’s win.
Speaking following the race, Dixon said:
Somewhat of a frustrating day,” “Nice to get some points out of it. Obviously, we took a bit of a hit there with Rossi (winning). Congrats to him.
“The race was really difficult. (I) had lots of understeer, (so) we added tons of front wing to the car. Just about every stop, I think we added front wing, made multiple changes to try to get the thing to turn.”
The Iceman went on to say:
It was a tough race for everyone I think. Obviously, you never want to see an accident like that at the beginning. I’m glad there was some good news on that front and our thoughts and prayers are with Robert and his family. We made several adjustments to the car – taking wing and more wing. We got it to handle pretty well but congrats to Rossi and their team. They did a hell of a job and deserved to win it. I’m looking forward to coming back strong Saturday at St. Louis in the PNC Bank car.”
Dixon’s team mate Ed Jones in the No.10 NTT DATA Honda finished the race where he started in 12th place and speaking following the event he said:
We didn’t really get a lot of practice time this weekend which limited the improvements we could make to the car. The start of the race was pretty crazy but we made it through. Obviously, we sat and waited for a while after the accident and it’s great to hear the positive news on Robert. We picked up some damage and had to repair the car when we got going again. We went laps down after that and from there just tried to adjust the NTT DATA car the best we could to get the most out of it.