Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon says he is kind of shocked to have ended up finishing the IndyCar Grand Prix at The Glen on the podium.

The Iceman finished Sunday’s race in second place just behind race winner Alexander Rossi and in doing so has closed to within three points of championship leader Josef Newgarden with just the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma left this season.

Speaking following the race, Dixon said:

Definitely a good move in the points.

“I’m kind of shocked we ended up where we did.

The driver of the No.9 NTT DATA Honda went on to say:

“I locked up coming in on the first stop on the wet (tires) and it wouldn’t downshift, so almost stalled the car, got into the pits and we couldn’t fuel it. And then we had a fumble later – we lost another four or five spots – so we had to pass a lot of cars today. … Nice recovery by the team, ended up second.”

Dixon is aiming to win his fifth Verizon IndyCar Series title in two weeks time at Sonoma and speaking following Sunday’s race at the Glen, Dixon said:

It was definitely an exciting day for the No. 9 NTT Data car. I locked up the tires on the first stop and I don’t think we got any fuel. We had to save fuel on the next stint as a result and battled our way back. I think we passed a lot of cars today and it was fun to contend with (Alexander) Rossi there for the win. Big congrats to him and good to see Honda run strong at Watkins Glen.”

Dixon will win the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series championship in Sonoma if he finishes ahead of Josef Newgarden and outscores the American by four points or more.

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