Six-time and defending NTT IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon says that Chip Ganassi Racing having three wins as an organization to date this season has been great for the morale and development of the team. The Iceman, who along with his teammates Alex Palou and Marcus Ericsson have each taken a victory apiece and that consistency has put both Alex Palou and Scott Dixon in contention for the championship in 2021.
Speaking to Paddock Eye during a Zoom conference call on Wednesday, Dixon said:
Yeah, it’s big, I think not just for that reason but for team moral. Seeing the 10 car get the victory at Barber was fantastic. A lot of people with a lot of smiles on their face. I think with Marcus, it’s been a long time coming, too. Finally everything kind of rolled his way. It worked out.
It’s great for the team. As I said, for us have to three wins as a team, as a driver you definitely want to be more dominant than just having a single win, but for the team moral, I think development, everything, everybody’s pretty similar which is great. It shows that it’s working.
Yeah, it’s huge. Huge for the team. Hopefully that continues for the rest of the season to make sure that we can capture some more wins.
Dixon has won here twice in the past, in 2017 and in race one last year and speaking to Paddock Eye about why he thinks the track is suited to him, he said:
I don’t know. I think it’s just the layout. For me it’s one of those tracks that is very difficult to get a great lap. It’s very hard to piece together, especially when sometimes the tire may be only good for a lap or two. It’s very hard to get it all together.
But more importantly, I think it races really well. If you have a strong car, you can still come through the pack. We did that definitely in race one last year, and race two was kind of working that way till we ran the car out of fuel.
I think that’s what most people think about tracks that you can generally race at and pass, have that opportunity. Say you did mess up in qualifying, you can still definitely redeem yourself at the end of the day.
Dixon heads into this weekend’s REV Group Grand Prix of Road America in third place in the championship in third place in the standings, 36 points behind leader Pato O’Ward.