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Scott Dixon, Chip Ganassi Racing - Q&A

Scott Dixon declared a return to form for Ganassi last weekend at Pocono, but few expected him to go on from there to sweep the Honda Indy Toronto double-header weekend as well.
Scott Dixon claimed a landmark 32nd IZOD IndyCar Series victory on Sunday, at the culmination of a double-header weekend sweep in Toronto and the third consecutive race win in eight days going back to last weekend's success at Pocono Raceway.

All in all it's been quite a ride for the likeable Kiwi, as the man himself explained to the media in the post-race press conference in Toronto on Sunday.

Q:
We're pleased to be joined by the winner of today's and yesterday's race. Today is Scott's 32nd win in IndyCar racing. With it he takes sole possession of seventh on the all-time active drivers win list, passing Paul Tracy, Sebastien Bourdais and Dario Franchitti. This is also the sixth victory for Target Chip Ganassi Racing on the streets of Toronto.

Scott, tell us about your day today and just the weekend overall.

Scott Dixon:
Yeah, I think Toronto's always been a place I've wanted to win at. We've eluded it many times. I think my first race here might have been in 1999 in Indy Lights or 2000. We had a bit of a vacation from this place for four or five years when Champ Car and IndyCar weren't running here.

I love this place. The town is a lot of fun. The fans are knowledgeable and love what we do. It's great to see the excitement they had here all weekend.

The promoters, I think, did a great job to have so many different things going on for different people. It wasn't just for racing. There were other forms of entertainment. It's good to see people actually get it and put on a great show for everyone.

The weekend for us just went really smoothly, from practice when we didn't show our speed, went to new tyres late, then there was a caution. You know, Q1, I messed up. Started fifth in race one. Q2, we got the pole. Both cars have been good all weekend. The #10 car used its tyres up a little quicker throughout the race, on reds, especially, which I think cost us a little bit on both days. We'll get to the bottom of that and have both cars performing their best coming up to the next few races here.

Yeah, today's standing start, I think everybody was nervous. I was waiting for another waved-off start. I think once we had the drivers' meeting this morning, they said if it was waved off, they were going to keep doing it until they got it right.

Got a decent start. Saw Helio coming. I pushed the overtake, started to get going again.

The concrete patch in one was very slippery, so I hit that and slid off. I think I actually got into Helio a little bit. Hopefully didn't wreck his car or anything. Everybody got away cleanly. I was very surprised about that. I was expecting to hear full-course caution after the standing start.



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Scott Dixon celebrates after winning race 1 in Toronto - Saturday, July 13 2013. (Photo Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon celebrates after winning race 1 in Toronto - Saturday, July 13 2013. (Photo Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon celebrates after winning race 2 in Toronto - Sunday, July 14 2013. (Photo Credit: Shawn Gritzmacher for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon talks with the media after winning race 2 in Toronto - Sunday, July 14 2013. (Photo Credit: Shawn Gritzmacher for IndyCar Media)
Tony Kanaan, driver of the #10 Target Chip Ganassi Chevrolet IndyCar V6, races to victory Saturday, August 30, 2014 during the last Verizon IndyCar Series race of the season at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. This is the third consecutive win for Chevrolet at Auto Club Speedway. Chevrolet wins the Manufacturer`s Championship for the third straight season. (Photo by Gregg Ellman/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Team Chevy sweeps the podium as Tony Kanaan (center), driver of the #10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, celebrates his victory Saturday, August 30, 2014, during the last Verizon IndyCar Series race of the season at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. Teammate Scott Dixon (left), driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet V6, finishes second, and Ed Carpenter, driver of the #20 Fuzzy`s Ultra Premium Vodka/Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet V6, finishes third. Chevrolet wins the Manufacturer`s Championship for the third straight season. (Photo by Gregg EllmanLAT for Chevy Racing)
Tony Kanaan, driver of the #10 Target Chip Ganassi Chevrolet IndyCar V6, takes the chequered flag while racing to victory Saturday, August 30, 2014 during the last Verizon IndyCar Series race of the season at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. This is the third consecutive win for Chevrolet at Auto Club Speedway. Chevrolet wins the Manufacturer`s Championship for the third straight season. (Photo by Michael L. Levitt/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Tony Kanaan, driver of the #10 Target Chip Ganassi Chevrolet IndyCar V6, makes a quick pit stop while racing to victory Saturday, August 30, 2014 during the last Verizon IndyCar Series race of the season at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. This is the third consecutive win for Chevrolet at Auto Club Speedway. Chevrolet wins the Manufacturer`s Championship for the third straight season. (Photo by Brian Cleary/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Confetti falls on the podium trio Scott Dixon, Tony Kanaan and Ed Carpenter celebrate after the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon, Tony Kanaan and Ed Carpenter celebrate after the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Tony Kanaan celebrates with Chip Ganassi after winning the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Tony Kanaan takes a selfie with his Target Chip Ganassi Racing crew in Victory Lane following the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Joe Skibinski for IndyCar Media)
Chip Ganassi congratulates Tony Kanaan on winning the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California on Saturday August 30 2014 (Photo by: Joe Skibinski for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon spins during practice (Photo by: Richard Dowdy for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon streaks across the start/finish line during the Open Test at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon crosses the start/finish line during the Open Test at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon leaves pit lane (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)

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