Target Chip Ganassi Racing’s Mike Hall has confirmed that reigning series champion Scott Dixon will need an engine change after his Chevrolet power unit lost power during the second group practice session on Armed Forces Pole Day for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.
Hall revealed that the team did not have time to diagnose the problem with Ganassi’s mechanics and engineers from their three other cars chipping in to help fit the new Chevrolet unit to Dixon’s car.
The New Zealander ended the second session as third fastest car. It takes between two to three hours to change an engine in an IndyCar and with qualifying set to get underway at 5PM ET it is a race against time for the Chip Ganassi Racing Team.
Should the team not be able to get the engine fitted on time the worst case scenario for Dixon would be that he would start the race from the back in 33rd place.