Chip Ganassi Racing’s 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon in the No.9 PNC Bank Honda says that Alexander Rossi did a hell of a job during the 2018 season. The pair battled their way to Sonoma for the series title showdown with The Iceman coming out on top after what has been 17 incredible races.
Dixon is behind only AJ Foyt when it comes to championship wins and speaking about the incredible team effort put in by his No.9 PNC Bank crew this year, Dixon said:
I can’t thank everybody enough – the team, my teammate (Ed Jones), everybody involved. This doesn’t come without a lot of hard work. We had a lot of grit. We had a lot of things that could’ve gone wrong today. Huge thanks for PNC coming on this year, it really stepped up the team. Honda’s been amazing, so many people at NTT DATA, our technical partner, too. I’ve got to thank the other teams, too, that we fought hard with – Penske and Andretti – throughout the season. Rossi did a hell of a job, he’s been pushing so hard this year. He’s a huge talent and one that’s going to win many championships throughout his career. I’m just stoked for everybody. And Chip, this is mega, man. They’re 12th (championship).” (On how he drove after Rossi’s early mistake): “We were just making sure we weren’t getting ourselves in an awkward place throughout the race that they could capitalize on. Nobody’s ever out. Until we got to the last (pit) stop and were full to the end, even then I could see him moving up on the pylon. Man, this is so awesome! I can’t believe that it’s actually happened. You always feel these situations so much that it’s never going to happen. I can’t thank everybody enough for this, it’s so cool.