New Zealand’s Scott Dixon will begin his 18th season in the Verizon IndyCar Series this weekend as the open wheel series gets their 2018 campaign up and running with the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg.

The Iceman who will start his 17th season with Chip Ganassi Racing this weekend told the team’s managing director Mike Hull during Friday’s practice session that he has had to adapt his driving style for the new universal aero kit.

Despite describing the opening day of practice as tricky, Dixon still managed to set the fourth fastest time a 01:01.1004s.

Speaking following the session, Dixon who is looking to win his fifth Verizon IndyCar Series championship this season commented by saying:

It was a tricky start to the weekend for us. The car is just very different from what we had last year. The car is skating everywhere and that last session I think we just got a little bit unlucky with traffic in the PNC Bank car. I think we’re right there and the car has the speed, we just need to get out of traffic a bit and we hope to show that tomorrow in qualifying.”

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