Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon in the No.9 PNC Bank Honda has extended his championship lead to 45 points in the Verizon IndyCar Series standings following a third place finish in the Kohler Grand Prix at Road Anerica.

The Iceman who started the race from eighth place came through the field to finish the race just behind race winner Josef Newgarden and Ryan Hunter Reay.

Speaking following the race Dixon said:

The PNC Bank car had a ton of speed, at the end there it was just track position. Had we been able to crack in front of (Josef Newgarden or Ryan Hunter-Reay), I think we could have stayed in there, no problem. To try and close that gap, I made a really big run on Hunter-Reay coming into the last corner on Turn 14 during his out lap, and I just cooked it too much and got loose and lost momentum. I think that would have been the only chance I had to try and snag second (place) there. But good job by Josef and Ryan, it was a tough race and good points for us.”

Ed Jones in the No.10 First Data Honda finished the race in ninth place having started the race from 12th place and speaking following the eace he said:

“It was a tough start to the race. We kind of got sandwiched in when one of the cars had an issue, so my line got stacked up and I had nowhere to go. We dropped back, but the First Data car was good and we were able to pass a lot of cars and gain the ground back. That cost us a ton of track position which was hard to get back, but the team did a good job in the pits and we’ll keep fighting in the races to come.”

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