LEXINGTON, Ohio – After scoring his third IndyCar Series championship in 2013 Scott Dixon looked forward to continued success in the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series season.
With just four races remaining in the season, however, the 2008 Indianapolis 500 winner is winless, sixth in the standings, 146 points behind the leader, Team Penske’s Helio Castroneves.
The annual trip to the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course couldn’t have come any sooner for the Target/Chip Ganassi Racing driver.
He was the third-fastest driver of the combined two practice sessions with a fast time of 1:06.5316 for a speed of 121.845 miles per hour in a Chevrolet around the 13-turn, 2.258-mile Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. That speed came in the first session.
Dixon has four wins in this race and a fifth win on Sunday would help turn around his season.
“It’s always fun to come back here,” Dixon said. “The year has been a bit of a rough one on many fronts. It’s still the same team. We know we can win. We have a little bit of work to do. For us right now we have to look at opportunities to make the best of it and win the races. The championship is not in our thoughts right now. It’s always nice to come to a play where we’ve had success has a team.”
Across the entire Target/Chip Ganassi operation this has been a very good track. Dixon believes the grip level changes practically every lap but the team has always had a very good baseline setup.
“The team has had some strong finishes here and with Charlie Kimball winning last year it was five in a row,” Dixon continued. “It helps to come to a track that you enjoy. It’s a fun place. A family atmosphere and old school, American tracks are fun. Practice one was fine but practice two was a waste of time because we only got a few laps in. Hopefully, Saturday goes smoother and we don’t have too much rain.”
Precipitation is in the forecast for both Saturday and Sunday. About 90 minutes after Friday’s session ended it began to rain and that will change the track conditions for Saturday’s Knockout Qualifications featuring the Firestone Fast Six. That is set for 2-3:10 p.m. Eastern Time.