Defending NTT IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon in the No.9 PNC Bank Honda for Chip Ganassi Racing started Saturday night’s Iowa Corn 300 at the Iowa Speedway from eighth place and came through the field having gone a lap down and made his way from 16th place to finish the race runner up to race winner Josef Newgarden.
The Iceman is 98 points behind series points leader Josef Newgarden with five races remaining this season starting with next weekend’s Honda Indy 300 at the Mid-Ohio sports car course.
During the post race press conference,Dixon was asked about his car to which he said:
We didn’t have a perfect car at any point this weekend. I feel we actually made some pretty good gains end of the final practice. It was really bizarre, too. We didn’t really change too much.
Had a pretty good understeer car for the start, then once the race started, it was extremely loose, especially through two and four. It was just really bizarre.
We kind of chased it all night. It was one of those situations where we didn’t really have the gap. Even adjusting the front wing, tire pressure was shifting balance of the car a ton, much more than I really experienced before.
The second to last set of tires I thought were extremely bad. The last set felt good, but we had a lot better tire laps than the rest.
I don’t know. We really struggled here the past few years. Not exactly sure why. We tested here with Felix. It looks like we didn’t really accomplish much. It’s definitely a track that we need to totally revamp and try to understand where we’re going wrong.