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Scott Dixon, Chip Ganassi Racing - Q&A

Scott Dixon spoke to the media after pulling off an unexpected victory at Pocono that was also a landmark 200th series success for Honda.
It's not been the best of seasons for Chip Ganassi Racing. By the powerhouse team's usual standard of success in the IZOD IndyCar Series this has been a forlorn season for them so far as their three drivers went winless for the first half of the year.

But the Pocono IndyCar 400 on Sunday afternoon changed all that, with Scott Dixon leading his team mates home in a never-before-seen Ganassi 1-2-3 podium sweep that put the smiles back on the faces of all concerned. Afterwards, Dixon spoke to the media about how they'd done it.

Q:
We are joined by our race winner, Scott Dixon. This is Scott's 30th IndyCar win, which gives him with sole ownership of 10th an the all‑time win list. This is the 100th win for Target and 200th for Honda. Scott, talk about today's race and the important milestones.

Scott Dixon:
Yeah, the milestones are great, but I think the first person I saw when I got out of the car was Chip and I said to him, you know, this morning, I didn't think we would be sitting here.

To say the least, it was a little bit of a shock. I knew the car was good. We just weren't really sure about our pace. We kind of went out there aggressively. We trimmed the car quite a bit, and just hoped that we would be able to at least hang with them and on the pit stops, maybe have a better stop and better fuel mileage, and the fuel mileage was massive. Something that we didn't expect to see as much, but I think the Chevys, looking at a lot of them on the grid, had a lot of downforce and a lot of drag on their car, so I think that helped our cause, as well.

You know, excited for the team. It's been a rough year for us, for Team Target, and also for HPD. We have had sort of small parts of goodness but not the consistency that we have been used to. I think when we have had good cars, we've maybe had an engine problem and when we've had good engines, we've had a bit of a car problem.

So it's nice to get back. Obviously to have the team sweep at the podium is fantastic. Approaching the year anniversary of my last win, so it was nice to get one out of the way this year and get back on the top spot of the podium. I think more importantly, super excited for the team.

Everybody has been working extremely hard and to have a glimpse of something great and some things to be positive about, hopefully we can keep this momentum rolling.

Q:
Before the race you had an engine change, was it a new one or one you had used in testing?

Scott Dixon:
No, the engine change we actually did right after the first day, which was scheduled. We were just shy by a hundred miles or so on the other. So it was more of a precautionary thing that we didn't want to be running massive miles on the last engine to get through the race. So, yeah, we had it in when we started.

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Scott Dixon celebrates winning the Pocono IndyCar 400 at Pocono Raceway on Sunday, July 7 2013. (Photo Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon celebrates winning the Pocono IndyCar 400 at Pocono Raceway on Sunday, July 7 2013. (Photo Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon celebrates the 200th Honda victory after winning the Pocono IndyCar 400 at Pocono Raceway on Sunday, July 7 2013. (Photo Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon celebrates winning the Pocono IndyCar 400 at Pocono Raceway on Sunday, July 7 2013. (Photo Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
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