Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon in the No.9 PNC Bank Honda hopes that he and the team can battle for victory or a podium at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in a few weeks as the Verizon IndyCar Series gets ready for the month of May.
The Iceman who started the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park started the race from sixth place and had a great battle with Dale Coyne Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais with the pair challenging each other for fifth place right up until the end of the race as they crossed the line.
Dixon heads into the month of May in seventh place in the series points standings and speaking following Monday’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama, the Iceman said:
“I think I was one of the drivers on the fence in regards to if we should restart or not yesterday. I guess overall, it was the same for everyone. I literally couldn’t see a thing from the PNC Bank car and was just trying to hold it straight. Cars were just going by me, and there was nothing you could do because I couldn’t see anything out of my visor. It’s a shame we couldn’t get in the full distance Sunday because Barber is an amazing track with an incredible crowd. I think the one-stop strategy was the one to have today and it would have put us third, but the rain took care of that, unfortunately. The car was fast and really good on fuel mileage, but it is what it is. Hopefully we can get a break to go our way in a few weeks.
Dixon’s team mate Ed Jones in the No.10 NTT DATA Honda endured a tough race at Barber Motorsports Park as the Dubai native who started the race from 12th place and was forced to retire from event on lap 64 and speaking following the race Jones said:
Yesterday at the start, I was trying to attack, but it was very difficult. I just couldn’t see anything. Especially on the restarts. Maybe I could have been more aggressive or kept my foot down, but I didn’t think it was worth the risk in the NTT DATA car. Conditions were just very, very tough. You couldn’t see a thing. Today we got restarted and we were making progress, but we had mechanical issues and had to pit way before it was over. The guys will have to take a look at the car to see what happened I think. Hopefully we can move on and have a good start to the month of May in Indy