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Dixon criticises Danica again.


Just as the dust appeared to have settled on the row surrounding Danica Patrick's driving standards, original instigator Scott Dixon re-opened the debate by criticising his rivals performance in Edmonton.

Patrick was one of the drivers to be lapped by Dixon during his run to victory in the Rexall Edmonton Indy on Saturday, but the Kiwi points leader was clearly unhappy as he struggled to find a way past the Motorola car with title rival Helio Castroneves hot on his heels. The Brazilian made a couple of moves for the lead and, although Dixon held firm, he failed to understand why he had been held up so badly.

"I don't even know Danica's situation in the race, but to have me sit behind her for three or four laps was kind of bizarre," he said after the chequered flag, "I don't know what she was thinking. I don't know if she thought she was racing me for the lead or something. But that's the way it goes.

Patrick appeared to be the sole object of Dixon's disquiet, for he agreed with Castroneves that dicing through the field had been exciting.

"It was fantastic, man," he enthused, "You know, the strategies, how they played out today, were crazy. When you're racing and trying to make dives on people that are quite a ways back in the pack, people you didn't think you'd be racing, it was a lot of fun.

"You were racing there with [AJ] Foyt [IV] and [Mario] Moraes. TK [Tony Kanaan] was making dives, [Graham] Rahal was making dives - it was all going on, man. I think, at some point, we were four- or five-wide going into [turn] eleven!

"I had a lot of fun. The day was hectic right from the word 'go', so it definitely was a fantastic race. With the combination of all the fans and how enthusiastic they are, these are the races we need to come to."

Castroneves eventually made a mistake big enough to drop him off Dixon's tail, allowing the Kiwi to take his fifth win of the year by nearly six seconds.

"I think, at that point, he maybe had to save a lot more fuel than we needed to but, talking to him after the race, I think he made a bit of a dive, got a bit offline, got some marbles on the tyres, and it took him a little while to recover," the Target Chip Ganassi driver reported, "The next radio transmission I heard was he's six seconds behind. At a track like this, that's a lot, [especially] when you've only got four laps to go. That definitely made it pretty comfortable. I think you could probably see my lap times drop by about a second and I was sort of cruising at the end."


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Scott Dixon (Target Chip Ganassi Racing) on his way to pole at Watkins Glen   [pic credit: Indycar media/Chris Owens]
Scott Dixon leads the Indycar field   [pic credit: Indycar media/Bret Kelley]
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Scott Dixon sprays the champagne in Victory Circle following his win in the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon is congratulated by Dario Franchitti after winning the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series Championship. (Photo by: Shawn Gritzmacher for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon with a victory kiss from his wife, Emma, following clinching the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series Championship. (Photo by: Shawn Gritzmacher for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon celebrates his victory in the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma and the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series Championship. (Photo by: Shawn Gritzmacher for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon wins the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series Championship, his fourth series championship of his career. (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon, driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, races to victory Sunday, August 30, 2015, winning the final Verizon IndyCar Series race of the season and the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series Driver`s Championship at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California. Chevrolet also wins its fourth consecutive Verizon IndyCar Series Manufacturer`s Championship. (Photo by Ernie Masche/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Scott Dixon (left), driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, celebrates his victory Sunday, August 30, 2015, after winning the final Verizon IndyCar Series race of the season and the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series Driver`s Championship at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California. Joining him on the podium is Charlie Kimball, driver of the #83 Novolog Flexpen Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6 who finished third. Chevrolet won its fourth consecutive Verizon IndyCar Series Manufacturer`s Championship. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Scott Dixon, driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, takes the chequered flag Sunday, August 30, 2015, winning the final Verizon IndyCar Series race of the season and the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series Driver`s Championship at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California. Chevrolet also wins its fourth consecutive Verizon IndyCar Series Manufacturer`s Championship. (Photo by Perry Nelson/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Scott Dixon, driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, races to victory Sunday, August 30, 2015, winning the final Verizon IndyCar Series race of the season and the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series Driver`s Championship at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California. Chevrolet also wins its fourth consecutive Verizon IndyCar Series Manufacturer`s Championship. (Photo by Michael L. Levitt/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Scott Dixon - 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series champion - Target Chip Ganassi Racing (Photo by: Bret Kelley for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon celebrates after winning the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma and clinching the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series championship at Sonoma Raceway (Photo by: Richard Dowdy for IndyCar Media)

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Sukhoi aka 46

July 31, 2008 9:52 AM

Becky, Dixon isn't a male chauvinist. Ask Emma, she would vouch for that. I never mean Men are superior or Females are inferior. But you sound as a brainless feminist who immediately jumps on to raise the male/female differences, spaces, rights, equality and what nonsense :?

racerdog45 - Unregistered

July 30, 2008 6:18 AM

Actually Scott is one of the few drivers to have the balls to call Princess Blockalot out. She is, at best, a mid-packer on ovals and a backmarker on road courses. Her own team mate was upset with her after this race. It's easy for a much slower car/driver to hold up a faster driver on a street course which is why normally a car being lapped (yet again) gets out of the way. Sadly princess Blockalot reads her press clippings and thinks she's better than she is. Let's face it, this series is history in about 10 yrs anyways if it goes to a road course/street course series with high downforce/low horsepower cars. Just look at professional road racing in the USA thru the years to see.......



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