It may be hard to believe but Scott Dixon’s pole position for the 105th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge which takes place this weekend was the Iceman’s first NTT IndyCar Series pole for four years. The Iceman’s last pole position came for the 101st Indianapolis 500 in 2017.
Sunday’s pole position was the first for Dixon’s primary sponsor, PNC Bank which is amazing when you consider how dominant he and Chip Ganassi Racing were in 2020.
Dixon set a four-lap average of 231.685MPH to take his fourth pole for The Greatest Spectacle In Racing. Speaking following the Fast Nine session on Sunday, the Iceman said:
Winning a pole at the Indianapolis 500 is one of the toughest things to do. “From a team standpoint, just how much work and effort goes into building these cars specifically for that pole run, it’s a lot of money and a lot of effort that it takes.
“We’ve been on the other side of it. We’ve had them before, but we’ve started well in the pack, too, where you can’t figure out why you’re in that position. Definitely feel good for the team. I know the team is going to be proud of what we achieved today. Again, it’s just the starting position. We have to work on the rest.”
Chip Ganassi Racing head into the Greatest Spectacle In Racing with all four drivers on the first three rows of the grid with Scott Dixon on pole, Tony Kanaan in fifth in the No.48 American Legion Honda, Alex Palou in the No.10 NTT DATA Honda in sixth place while Marcus Ericsson starts the race in ninth in his No.8 Huski Chocolate Honda.