Defending NTT IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon in the No.9 PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing Honda says the team will see what they can do in the final three races of the season following a disastrous race at World Wide Technology Raceway for both the No.9 PNC Bank Honda and the No.10 American Legion Honda which saw both cars retire from the race.
For his part, Dixon is now 43 points back in the race to claim his first back to back championship while Alex Palou is ten points behind championship leader Pato O’Ward.
Speaking following the race which saw both Ganassi drivers whiped out of the race by Ed Carpenter Racing’s Rinus VeeKay, Palou said:
“I thought I was on the outside, and suddenly I got hit. “I had plenty of room with Scott, and Scott had plenty of room with the guy in front, and we just got hit. There was no space there. I don’t know where he (VeeKay) wanted to go.
“It was hard to get up to the top 10. We just wanted to have a clean race, we just wanted to get some points, and I thought we had a good race car. Nothing we could do today. It’s just a shame it played out like that.”
Palou went on to say:
It was hard to get up to the top 10. We just wanted to have a clean race, we just wanted to get some points, and I thought we had a good race car. Nothing we could do today. It’s just a shame it played out like that.”
For his part, Rinus VeeKay said:
I’m very sorry for Alex and Scott. I had a really good restart on the inside of Alex and behind Scott. I get into Turn 1, and I was really focusing on Scott, just to stay behind him, and it just kind of stacked up. I tried to slow down, but we’re in oval spec, and I think just before I hit Scott, I’m even locking up the fronts. Unfortunately, everybody knows how it happened. All night, people have been checking up, which for everyone is pretty annoying.”
For Scott Dixon, it was the Iceman’s first retirement in 28 races, the team fixed the car the best they could but the damage was too severe and he was forced to retire 160 laps down.