IndyCar » 06 October 2013
Scott Dixon, Chip Ganassi Racing - Q&A
Scott Dixon spoke with the media after winning the first of the Houston double-header races which puts him within eighth points of Helio Castroneves in the 2013 championship standings.
We are pleased to be joined by our race winner, Scott Dixon of Target Chip Ganassi Racing. This is Scott's 33rd career IndyCar victory. His most recent win came this year at Toronto Race 2, and today's win now closes the gap between Scott and Helio to eight points in the championship points standing. Today's win also makes Scott eligible for the $50,000 SONAX Perfect Finish Award should he sweep the doubleheaders here at Reliant.
Talk about this great second half of the season you're having and being able to pull off the win today and make up that deficit against Helio.
I think the last two races it could have been a lot better. Yeah, it's been strong. The car, the guys have not given up. They've been working hard. We had a couple of good tests, one in Sebring and one in California to try and improve, and the development has still been strong on the team side and with Honda, as well.
You know, coming here we probably liked the chances just for the fact that it's a street course, and both the #9 and the #10 have been strong at the street courses just recently. We struggled a little bit in qualifying. The car felt pretty good, started to get up to speed on the reds and then
Pagenaud came out and trying to get back up to speed on the reds was a bit of a tough run for us, so I think we got the maximum that we could have maybe got out of it then.
Hopefully we can slightly improve tomorrow in qualifying. Should be interesting.
But yeah, the car has been really good, good balance. Honda has done a great job with the driveability and the power for these street courses, and it was definitely a turnaround today.
Going into this race after the last two, the points deficit was big. It was 49 points. We talked about the scenarios and the scenario that we needed was for the #3 car to have a bad day and us to have a good one, and that would make a big difference in the championship fight. It was nice to see that today.
Tomorrow is another day. It could be the opposite, and we could be in the hole tomorrow. It's a nice move for us today, and hopefully we can build on that.
Coming in with the 49‑point deficit, I'm sure you thought maybe you had three races to kind it break it up. Could you in your wildest dreams have imagined almost taking the maximum amount of points off of Helio today at 41?
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