LEEDS, Ala – Everyone thought that maybe this would be the year that Scott Dixon finally wins at the Barber Motorsports Park. The Chip Ganassi Racing driver has made all six starts that the Verizon IndyCar Series has been coming to the 2.3-mile Alabama facility, but Dixon has never won there.
The New Zealand native has finished on the podium in all six tries though as he has four second place finishes and two third place efforts in his six races at Barber.
Mix that with him having one of his strongest starts ever to a season with two straight top two finishes entering this weekend, it was apparent, that maybe this weekend was Dixon’s turn to win.
Instead, he had his worst Barber finish ever.
Dixon started fourth today, but was spun by Sebastien Bourdais in Turn 5 on the opening lap. He would be able to stay under power, but he fell to 20th after the incident.
Dixon, could only hang on the rest of the day as he finished a disappointing 10th today.
Yes, it was a fourth straight top 10 on the season, and yes he’s happy to nab another top 10 effort at Barber, but he’s disappointed, as it was considered a “what could have been” weekend.
Dixon had a good enough car to drive from 20th to a top 10 effort without a yellow to aid in that effort, but he didn’t have enough time to finish where his car could have.
He even set the races fastest lap of the day by over a second.
Now, he has his sights set on a dominating Month of May at Indianapolis as he’s going to put this weekend behind him.