Scott Dixon says he is looking to secure the points that will take him closer to the 2008 IndyCar Series title after taking pole position for the Meijer Indy 300 at Kentucky Speedway.
Dixon currently leads the way ahead of Penske driver Helio Castroneves in the title race, with a 65 point lead going into the final four races of the campaign.
Dixon's four-lap aggregate time during qualifying was some two-tenths of a second quicker than Vitor Meira as the Kiwi clinched his sixth pole of the year with a time of 1min 37.3293secs, while team-mate Dan Wheldon was the closest title challenger to Dixon on the grid as he posted the third fastest time.
“Dan was struggling earlier today, and I was certainly hoping he good be a bit better – maybe one spot better, but not faster than me,” Ganassi ace Dixon said. “It's a good starting position for Team Target to be first and third. I have to thank the team a lot. They have certainly prepared great cars, especially in qualifying. We just have to worry about our line for the qualifying laps, and it worked out.
“Our race car is very similar to our qualifying set-up. Hopefully we can lead a lot of laps, gain a lot of points and close in on that championship.”
Wheldon himself wasn't too disappointed with third on the grid in the sister car and said he was looking to finish the season strongly; with question marks still existing over his future.
“It was a good run out there,” he said. “There are four races left, and I want to finish for the team very strong, and that's what I'm focused on. They can expect a very strong effort from the #10 car tomorrow night. Scott has been very quick, and that's what the benchmark is for tomorrow.”