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Scott Dixon, Chip Ganassi Racing - Q&A

Dario talked a little about how surprised he was when he would see the other guys pitting and he was getting such great fuel mileage. What was your reaction when you saw maybe the same thing?

Scott Dixon:
Yeah, you know, sometimes on the radio, your team will play with that a little bit. You know, just because the other teams are always scouting you, and when I started to see some of the other teams pit, and Mike (Hull) is going, yeah, another seven laps; I'm like, yeah, he's just turning the other teams on a little bit. And then I looked down at my actual tank number and I'm like, wow, yeah, we can go another seven laps.

So I think we were beating the majority of them. I think Will was probably the closest Chevy to us on fuel mileage. He was sort of pitting maybe a lap in front (ph) us or a couple, some were three or four. We saw that pretty early on, probably after the second stint.

The first stint, you're not really ever sure how accurate it is, but once we got running there, two and three, we knew we had a pretty sizable advantage. And I think it kind of hit them a little bit late to make corrections. Then started with one stint and a half to go, they started to save fuel drastically. It's a lot easier to save fuel over, you know, 150 laps than try and save it all about 30. They knew they were in trouble and they were probably hoping for a caution to try to even things out at that point. Even at the end there, they had to pit so early, that they couldn't run full fuel at the end where we could run full fuel the whole race.

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While you were not luckily involved in what went on in pit road today, there was an incident on pit road today; now that you've had a full 400‑mile race to experience going in and out of the hot pits and pit stops, would you like to see some modifications to pit in and out?

Scott Dixon:
I didn't see what happened in the pit lane. It looked like it was quite a ways down, so probably nothing to do with the entry and exits.

No, I think today, as long as people are courteous enough and not being idiots out there. I think you definitely get backed up a little bit where you're sort of getting somebody in the middle of one or somebody that's coming in the middle of three, but it's the same for everybody. Sometimes it works for you and sometimes it doesn't.

No, you know, I think if we use the spare lane on the inside of the track, it's very narrow and it's probably quite slippery and you still have draft to go across and you have people pushing to go in there and maybe spin on the drafts and actually end up on the track sideways. So I think the way it is, you know, it definitely keeps you on your toes and it's pretty exciting. I don't see that there needs to be any changes.

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At one point in the race Tony (Kanaan) passed you for the lead and his wing clipped your tyre; did you feel that?

Scott Dixon:
I didn't know anything about it. I could see him being really close, so I kind of, you know, breathed a little bit, and that must have been when it happened going into one, is the only time I can think of it.

And then when he started to have trouble ‑‑ which was actually probably a lap and a half later. How bad that was, I have no idea. Maybe that was a little bit of missed timing. I figured he was going down there, so I breathed a little bit and I think we just touched each other. I didn't feel it in the car and I didn't know until the team told me several laps later.

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