Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon in the No.9 PNC Bank Honda said that he was so focused on getting to the end of NTT IndyCar Series iRacing Challenge Firestone 175 at Twin Ring Motegi that he didn’t realize he was competing for the win.
The Iceman started the race from seventh place alongside his team mate Marcus Ericsson in the No.8 Huski Chocolate Honda to score his first virtual podium.
It was Dixon’s first race working with his new engineer Michael Cannon who joined Chip Ganassi Racing over the off-season.
The New Zealander had a great battle with Team Penske’s Will Power coming home just ahead of the Australian and just behind winner Simon Pagenaud.
Speaking following the race, Dixon said:
Honestly, what happened at the end, I didn’t know we were racing actually for the lead. “I thought we were racing for second place. I was so focused on trying to get to the end, I didn’t even know we were racing for the win.
“Everybody’s racing hard. I thought it was awesome. It was a great show, a lot of fun. I think it was exciting. Simon did a hell of a job. That’s what it takes at the end to win, is you got to take risks. Kudos to them. It was fun to be a part of it and fun to watch.”