NTT IndyCar Series team owner Chip Ganassi says his outfit did what they had to do as his driver Scott Dixon in the No.9 PNC Bank Honda claimed his sixth series championship in St Petersburg on Sunday.
Dixon who led the championship from the opening race of the season, the Genesys 300 at Texas Motor Speedway went into the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg with a 32 point lead over 2019 champion Josef Newgarden of Team Penske and started the race from eleventh place while Newgarden started eighth.
The pair stayed out of trouble in what was a chaotic 100 lap race and Dixon was able to keep Newgarden in his sights and while Newgarden took the race win, Dixon came home third which was enough for the Iceman to claim his sixth championship and second in three seasons.
Speaking following the race, Ganassi said:
I’ll tell you what, obviously the end of the year we didn’t come out at the end of the year like we started the year but we did what we had to do and that’s a testament to the team, to the drivers, the people I get to work with all around Indianapolis, I mean I’ve got a great group of guys and that’s what really counts.
Dixon will be back on track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Tuesday and Wednesday as preparations for the 2021 NTT IndyCar Series season get underway before he heads to Barber Motorsports Park next week where he will be joined by new team mate Jimmie Johnson and the rest of the NTT IndyCar Series field for a full field test.