Defending NTT IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon who drives the No.9 PNC Bank Honda for Chip Ganassi Racing is a man on a mission heading into this weekend’s Grand Prix of Portland.

The Iceman was forced to retire from the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 on Saturday night after shrapnel punctured his radiator. Dixon has scored four podium finishes in the last five races including his victory at the Mid-Ohio sportscar course. Dixon heads to Portland with a 70 point deficit to championship leader Josef Newgarden with 156 points available from the final two races.

Dixon says that the goal for the rest of the season is to win the final two races of the year and speaking following Saturday’s race he said:

It’s a shame for the PNC Bank No. 9 team. The car was overheating for some reason. I think they saw it starting on Lap 1 and it got progressively worse. We stayed out just until the point the engine would fail and came in to try and diagnose the problem. The guys brought the car in to change the radiator. Great job by the whole team getting it fixed and back out on track. We ran the maximum laps we could for points and pulled in after that. It just wasn’t our day today.

Despite retiring from the race, Dixon managed to score ten points which could turn out to be invaluable as he attempts to defend his championship.

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