Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon in the No.9 PNC Bank Honda says he was a sitting duck in the closing stages of Sunday’s XPEL 375 at Texas Motor Speedway as drivers didn’t want to run up front to risk running out of fuel in the final stages of the race.
The Iceman who dominated Saturday’s race to claim his 51st career victory started Sunday’s event from pole position but was left wondering what might have been after losing out to Arrow McLaren SP’s Pato O’Ward, Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden and Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal.
Typically, where we would be running 213’s and 214’s we were running 203’s and 204’s, just trying to get a big number which is tough you know, but that’s part of racing, you’ve got to try and hit it from all angles and nobody wanted to lead so I was kind of the sitting duck again you know I was in that position. Josef got extremely lucky there as the caution came out he was in pit-lane, you know if you time those right you are always going to get lucky. But I got to say a huge congrats to Pato, he did a hell of a drive and a great pass on one of the best guys in the field to congrats to him.
Dixon heads into the GMR Grand Prix of Indianapolis which he won last year with a 22 point lead in the championship over Arrow McLaren SP’s Pato O’Ward.