Chip Ganassi Racing head into the month of May aiming to win their first Indianapolis 500 since Dario Franchitti took his third 500 win in 2012.
Ganassi downsized from four to two full-time cars for the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season with Ed Jones joining Scott Dixon at the team. Jones who drives the No.10 NTT DATA Honda secured his first podium finish with the team at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach where he finished in third place.
Scott Dixon who drives the No.9 PNC Bank Honda took victory in the Indianapolis 500 in 2008 and Chip Ganassi Racing’s Managing Director Mike Hull told the official IndyCar website that drivers if the Iceman’s calibre win big races such as Indy and Watkins Glen.
The reason (the drought is) a fair assessment is drivers of Scott Dixon’s caliber win big events “He’s been close so many times. You go into a state of depression with a driver like Scott Dixon if you don’t win the race because you know what a great opportunity it is and you want to give him every opportunity to win this race.
Dixon took pole position for the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil last season and looked to be on course for his second Indy 500 win until he much documented accident with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Jay Howard.
In his very first Indianapolis 500 with Dale Coyne Racing last season, Ed Jones secured a podium finish when he finished the race in third place behind winner Takuma Sato and second placed Helio Castroneves of Team Penske. Dixon says that he hopes that the team can improve their performance while running in traffic at the Speedway. The Iceman told IndyCar.com during this weeks open oval test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway:
Yeah, it’s been a little while. “The style of racing has changed quite a bit. Instead of straight-out speed, we need to focus on good cars in traffic. I think we’ve always got good speed generally, but it only goes so far. The goal is always the same, to win here. I don’t think we’ve had great cars here in traffic in the recent past, but it’s something we will definitely focus on a lot more this year.
Dixon heads into the IndyCar Grand Prix next weekend in seventh place in the series points standings so will be hoping for a strong result here as a foundation to build on for the rest of the month of May.