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.
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.
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.