Five time NTT IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon in the No.9 PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing Honda says the team are steadily confident and ready to go racing for the 2020 season finale Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg this weekend.
The Iceman who has scored three wins so far this season goes into the with a 32 point lead in the championship over defending series champion Josef Newgarden of Team Penske.
Speaking to Paddock Eye during a media zoom conference call on Wednesday commented saying:
Yeah, I think honestly we’ve had a pretty good season. We’ve had some mis-steps here and there, which I think most teams do during the year. I made a pretty big mistake at Mid-Ohio which I think, had I not spun, I think it would have been a different scenario going into the last race.
I think these adversities, obviously the ups and downs throughout the season, is what makes INDYCAR racing. You see these runaways, then you see them get caught. The situations always come down to the wire, which is typical and great to see I think for the sport and for the fans, for everybody involved.
Yeah, I think more importantly just super excited to get to St. Pete. I think how all of us started the season loading into St. Pete, getting ready, ready to go, then waking up on Friday saying, You probably need to book a flight to go home.
Nice to end it in full circle and go back to St. Pete this year. Massive thanks to everybody in St. Petersburg, the mayor, Kim Green, Savoree to get this back on, have this race prepped. Obviously Florida for allowing us to have fans at the race, which I think doing some different series, it’s been interesting to see how each state has kind of laid this out.
We’re in a great situation with the series. I guess a big thanks to Roger and everybody, NTT INDYCAR Series, because the season for a lot of us, we weren’t sure we were going to be able to continue. Cool to end it the way we are with the championship going down to St. Pete.
I think everybody at Ganassi feels steadily confident and ready to go racing. I’ve always wanted to win at St. Pete, so hopefully maybe this is the year. We’ll see.
Dixon also spoke to Paddock Eye about running the Aeroscreen on a street circuit for the first time this weekend saying:
I don’t know. I don’t know what to tell you. It’s the first time for it. It’s done a great job first season, the conditions we’ve had in different situations. We didn’t get the full rain situation, which I think a lot of us expected throughout the season at some point.
Yeah, I don’t know. Maybe the depth perception maybe a little altered depending on the walls, where there’s placed. Honestly, this year it’s been very good in every situation. Touch wood that there’s no issue there.
I think looking at the weather, it could be a hot weekend. I think we’re looking at mid 80s. Typically pretty humid down there. The only time we’ve had weather like that was the first race, Indy road course, where it was very hot in the car. They’ve made changes to the car since then as well.
I don’t see it being any issue. Hasn’t been through rest of the season, so should be all good