Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon who took a dominant victory in Saturday’s race one at the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix presented by Lear and in doing so he has tied with Michael Andretti on 42 Verizon IndyCar Series victories.
Speaking about the achievement, the Iceman said:
I feel very lucky and very privileged to be in this sport, For me, I love racing. I feel very lucky to do it, and while I’m here, I want to do the best that I can. Winning is why we’re in this business, and that’s why we’re going to come back tomorrow and try and get No. 43.
Dixon went on to discuss his strategy as he was able to save fuel meaming he could out the foot down when he needed to:
We were trying to save as much fuel as possible to make sure that, whenever they did pit, we could go a lap or two longer, and that’s how it played out. “As soon as (Marco Andretti) peeled off, we used a ton of (push-to-pass overtake activation), that good Honda power there, and threw in a big lap time. The pit stop was flawless, too, and we were able to jump him.
Chip Ganassi Racing’s Managing Director Mike Hull said that Dixon’s win felt like their first win all those years ago.
Winning today was like winning the first race with Scott. “The first race we won with Scott was (at) Homestead in 2003. It’s been a great ride to this point for us.
“What Scott does so well is that he represents the culture of Chip Ganassi Racing. He’s a teammate, a team member. It’s something that you’ll look back on and say, ‘Man, that was awesome to be a part of.’ But for today and now, we’re happy to come home with the win.”
Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter Reay who finished second commented by saying:
Scott is one of the best. “It’s amazing, in this day and age in racing and how equally matched everything is, to be in that bracket of third overall (in wins). As long as they’ve been collecting these stats, there’s many years where certain drivers would have streaks where they’d win 10 races in a season or something like that, so it’s amazing that in this day and age that he’s able to continue to rack them up and be in that list.
Speaking about Dixon equaling his victory tally former driver turned team owner Michael Andretti commented by saying:
Scott Dixon is one of the best Indy car drivers of all time, so it was only just a matter of time before he was going to get there. “Well deserved. He’s always running up front and when you do that, you’re going to win a lot of races.
Andretti went on to say:
He picked the wrong day to do it, for sure. “You finish second, third and fourth and you’re still not really, really happy, which is probably being a little greedy right now.
Michael tweeted on Satutday night:
@scottdixon9 for winning the @detroitgp @IndyCar race and tying me for 3rd all time in open wheel wins! I know you will pass me eventually but just don’t do it tomorrow !! But seriously you are a great champion and will win many more!