Scott Dixon's roller coaster weekend ends in a podium finish in Toronto
It was a roller coaster weekend in Toronto for Scott Dixon. Coming into the weekend, the New Zealander has been undergoing treatment for an apparent arm injury. The injury did not slow down Dixon, who managed to race his way to a podium finish at the Honda Indy Toronto.
During Saturday's qualifying session, Dixon was running a very fast time before spinning the No. 9 PNC Bank Honda out just past the finish. The stewards luckily did not invalidate Dixon's lap after the spin.
During the race it was a two-horse show between Dixon and Simon Pagenaud. The two series heavyweights dueling it out for nearly the entire event, until Will Power crashed to end the race. In the end, Dixon held on for a podium finish and another runner-up on the season.
"I think for for the latter part of the season the cars really good" Dixon said "I made a mistake, a pretty big mistake probably around turn 12 or 15 hit the inside wall in nine and bent the suspension pretty bad."
"I actually thought I had a broke a bunch more pieces off" Dixon added. "Luckily, it wasn't too bad"
Dixon's Chip Ganassi Racing team came into the Toronto as the defending winners, but were unable to repeat as winners on the famed street course. With the level of competiton this season in IndyCar some of the feircest its ever been, Dixon knows he was in for a tough race.
"I think really the only option was probably on the first corner Pagenaud actually over shot I had a pretty good run on the inside and he started to come back and I kind of bailed out of it" Dixon said "Then actually it was mainly I was just trying to hold off Alex [Rossi] and Felix [Rosenqvist] at that point"
A street course like the one in Toronto, is one of the hardest places in all of IndyCar to pass on. With the tight corners and walls on both sides, it leaves little room for error. As seen in Saturday's NASCAR Pinty's Series race, with Marc-Antoine Camirand crashing into the corner as Power did. Passing has always been a challenge and especially when lapped traffic plays a role.
"It was just really hard to get close to cars today, you could kind of get to them but even the pace on our last set of blacks was off," Dixon said."We closed an eight second to maybe five seconds in five or six laps so the pace was really good and then once we just got to Simon we just couldn't do anything"
"He was doing a good job of holding the pace up a little bit in six and eight and then we had some that traffic there with with an array and he'd get them and get a good run out of 11 and a good run out of one and they have straight line speed was ridiculous today's panel so I don't know if they would turn but honestly on overtake I was barely closing on them." Dixon added "So it's something that we definitely need to work on."
The NTT IndyCar Series will be back July 20th when they transition to the ovals. This time taking on the short track at Iowa Speedway for the Iowa 300.