Defending NTT IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon in the No.9 PNC Bank Honda for Chip Ganassi Racing took the blame for his clash with Harding Steinbrenner Racing’s Colton Herta in the No.88 GESS Capstone Honda in the closing stages of the DXC Technology 600 at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday night.
The Iceman who was second behind race leader Josef Newgarden was defending his position against the charging Herta when the pair came together resulting in both drivers retiring from the race.
Speaking following the incident, Dixon said:
I just heard them saying the other car (Colton Herta) was looking inside and I started to track down to try and close it off. It was towards the end of the race. As I was doing that and looking down, I could still see his shadow there on the apron and I knew it wasn’t going to work out there. Sorry if that was my fault. I was just really pushing and trying to get the most out of it toward the end of the race in the PNC Bank car.”
Colton Herta commented on the incident saying:
(Scott Dixon) apologized and that’s what it seemed like from my point of view. I (haven’t) seen a replay yet or anything, but he just turned down on me from my point of view. I was there and he put me on the apron. I was more than enough ahead. He didn’t need to do it. That outside lane was there and he could have run the outside. He must not have known (I was there). I’m really happy with how the car was. The GESS Capstone car (and) all the boys did an amazing job. Big congrats to INDYCAR for bringing the updates to the front wing and the new tires because it made the racing a hell of a lot better. We’ll keep trucking. This is a DNF (did not finish) that I’ll take because I was really happy with my performance.”