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Rolex 24: Charging Dixon anchors Ganassi to historic win

Scott Dixon credits his team-mates as he anchors the Chip Ganassi team to a sixth Rolex 24 at Daytona victory.
Scott Dixon has played down his individual contribution to Chip Ganassi Racing's victory on the 2015 Rolex 24 at Daytona despite turning over a deficit to the leading Wayne Taylor Racing during a long final stint.

Sharing his car with fellow IndyCar driver Tony Kanaan, as well as NASCAR standouts Kyle Larson and Jamie McMurry, the New Zealander embarked on a lengthy three hour stint at the end of the race to bring the #02 Ford-powered machine further in contention.

Prior to that the car had enjoyed a fairly trouble-free run, save for a front-splitter change during the first third of the race, and remained on the lead lap throughout as issues afflicted those around it.

Running behind the Wayne Taylor Racing car as the race entered its latter stages, Dixon's pace and a strong penultimate pit-stop made the difference as he leapfrogged with just an hour remaining.

From here, Dixon maintained the gap to Jordan Taylor and though a late caution period set the stage for a grandstand sprint over the final seven minutes, the Kiwi remained unflustered to complete a historic sixth win for the Chip Ganassi set-up.

His second Rolex 24 victory – but a first for his three team-mates – though Dixon was credited with hauling the car into contention, he insists his role during the closing stages should not overshadow that of his counterparts, particularly NASCAR's McMurry and Larson.

“I can't emphasise how big of a team effort it is,” he said. “It's not one person that ever wins this race. It's everybody involved and this weekend everybody on the #02 team did their best job and that was good enough to get victory.

“I feel the load as much as any of these guys. We want to do the best that we can. Everybody feels the load and maybe even more so for Kyle and Jamie because it's so far different from what they're used to, whether it's hitting the pit speed limit of electronics. It's so different to what they're used to that they probably feel a lot more pressure than we do.

“We all have our own racing styles and different series and things like that, but pressure is what you make of it, and as long as you get out of the car and you know you've done the best that you could, you should be happy with that.”

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