Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon believes that the Verizon IndyCar Series needs to conduct more testing at Texas Motor Speedway in the future in order to avoid the problems that occurred during last weekend’s Rainguard Water Sealers 600.
Dixon, who leads the points standings was one of several drivers who retired from the race.
The Iceman, who is competing in the LeMans24 Hours this weekend commented by saying:
It’s difficult because there are always so many pieces to the puzzle.
“The biggest thing everyone could have done with is more testing there.
Dixon went on to say:
Unfortunately when we did the first tire test [in April] not many people ran and teams sandbagged a lot so that made it difficult.
“In the part of the day when we ran 220mph average laps, the Penskes were running 213s, so it’s hard to get a feel of where the track’s gonna go.
Dixon, in the No.9 NTT DATA Honda heads to the Kohler Grand Prix at Road America next weekend leading the championship by 13 points from reigning series champion Simon Pagenaud.
Dixon’s team mate Tony Kanaan believes that changes need to be made to Texas Motor Speedway ahead of next year’s race to avoid the issues experienced in the event this year.
Kanaan feela that the repaving and reprofiling of parts of the circuit were part of the problem.
The Brazilian commented by saying:
I think we should change the format a little bit.
How? I don’t know; we’ve got to figure it out.
“In the past, we had tyre degradation. With the new asphalt, we don’t.