Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon in the No.9 PNC Bank Honda said that the Genesys 300 at Texas Motor Speedway was a bit of a crazy night for the team in the Lone Star state as the Iceman came from third on the grid to take his 51st NTT IndyCar Series career win and in doing so he is now within one win of Mario Andretti’s 52 wins in second place.

Speaking following the race, Dixon said:

“It was a bit of a crazy night for us. “Definitely very tense there at the end. It was kind of cool to be racing a countryman for the last few laps. Fifth win at Texas, baby! That was awesome.”

The Iceman went on to say:

“It feels amazing to be in this position. “You just never want it to end. We want to go back-to-back and try to tie Mario tomorrow. I’m sure that’s not exactly what he wants to see. We’ll keep our heads down. It’s extremely tough. This season has been one of the toughest starts, I think, for a lot of us just with how tight the competition is.”

The win was Dixon’s fourth in three seasons and also sees him take the lead in the championship.

“I have this thing on the dash that tells me the gaps to cars. “I probably need to take it off because it was stressing me out more than anything. I kept looking down, looking in the mirror. He was fast.”

Rebecca Johnson (Senior Manager, Director of Production, Honda Performance Development) commented saying:

“Starting the season with three wins in a row, it simply doesn’t get much better. It’s good to see Scott [Dixon] start out his championship defense on a strong note, and to see three different Honda drivers win on three types of race circuit as the season begins with this string of consecutive events.  Hopefully, we can continue this string and close out the weekend with another win here in Texas.”

Speaking to Paddock Eye following the race, Dixon spoke said that it is unlikely to be much of an advantage starting today’s race from pole.

Probably not much. It will depend. My sister probably told you I needed to call her, too. I’ve been telling her I’d call her forever. Maybe I’ll give her a call after this press conference.

Yeah, I don’t know. I was surprised to see how good some cars were at the end of that stint. Earlier in the race when we went flat and actually turned the engine up, Palou and myself were actually able to pull away quite quickly. That changed a lot I think in that last stint.

It definitely makes for a very interesting — it’s tough here now because as soon as you get to the exit of two, it’s a very long straight all the way to one. When you’re the leader, you’re kind of a sitting duck. You have a lot of drag on the car now, going through three and four, the compression, the car doesn’t want to accelerate. That makes it interesting.

For me, that was probably the hardest part of the last stint, making sure I got flat through one and two pretty much the whole race, or the last stint there, to make sure McLaughlin couldn’t get close enough to get a big tow. A couple moments he got very close.

I don’t know, I think tomorrow’s race should be a little bit different. How different, I’m not really sure. As I said earlier, I think if you make one mistake, it can ruin your race pretty quickly.

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