Five time NTT IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon in the No.9 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda starts Sunday’s NTT IndyCar Series championship deciding Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg from eleventh place. The Iceman goes into the race with a 32 point lead in the race for the championship over defending series champ Josef Newgarden and speaking following the action, Dixon said:
It was a little bit strange. “Our first qualifying session, the car felt really good. Just didn’t really piece it together very well. Then we kind of flip-flopped on how we did it. The first run we did three (laps) on black and then four (laps) on red. And we thought the reds came in quick enough. But right then, with how the traffic was and having to slow down, it was really only two laps. Each corner I was making, the car was getting more grip. But I just needed another lap. It is what it is. Our mistake.