Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon in the No.9 NTT DATA Honda will start Sunday’s IndyCar Grand Prix from second place on the grid alongside pole winner Alexander Rossi.
The Iceman has been strong all weekend at The Glen having topped two of the three practice sessions.
Dixon goes into Sunday’s race 31 points behind championship leader Josef Newgarden who stsrts just behind the New Zealander in third place.
This sets the race up to be a cracker. Speaking following the session Dixon said:
“It’s hard not to be happy with a front-row start here at Watkins Glen in the NTT Data car, but the frustrating part is we had the car, and then some, to get the pole. We caught Helio (Castroneves) so quickly, I’m not exactly sure what happened or what he was thinking. We caught him with, I think, two laps to go, so I’m not sure if we should have backed off sooner or what. I think at the end we had at least another three to four tenths in the car, so we left a lot on the table, for sure, today. So it’s frustrating to lose the pole that way when we had so much more. We just straight up didn’t get the gap the way we needed to and it cost us. We do have a very strong car for tomorrow and I’m ready to go for sure