Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon in the No.9 PNC Bank Honda started Saturday night’s Bommarito Automotive Group 500 at Gateway Motorsports Park from pole position and finished the race in third place behind his main championship rival Alexander Rossi in the No.27 NAPA Auto Parts Honda.
The Iceman’s consistency in 2018 has seen him lead the Verizon IndyCar Series points standings since June following his win Detroit race one.
Dixon has scored eight top three finishes so far this season and leads the points standing by 26 points from Alexander Rossi in second place. The Chip Ganassi Racing team driver has started from pole position just once this season and that was for Saturday’s race at Gateway Motorssports Park by virtue of the fact he leads the championship.
Dixon felt that although he had a good night at the race track the strategy that he went for was the wrong direction.
There were two different (fuel) strategies that played out, and I’m a bit mad at myself tonight for not making a decision quicker on which one to take,” “I’m not sure if it would have made a huge difference in the end, but it’s a solid result and we lost just a small bit to Rossi (in the standings)
The Verizon IndyCar Series returns to Portland next weekend for the first time since 2007 and is a venue where the Iceman has yet to win, he will be hoping to take the No.9 PNC Bank Honda to victory lance on Sunday.
Chip Ganassi Racing’s last win here came in 1998 with Alex Zanardi.