AVONDALE, AZ – Scott Dixon won the Verizon IndyCar Series’ first race back at the ISM Raceway in Phoenix back in 2016. He was strong last year as well. But, for some reason, the “Ice Man” hasn’t grasped the new car as well as we might have thought he would.
Dixon, was the early favorite to win the 2018 championship. If anyone could get a handle of this new 2018 IndyCar the quickest, it would be the seasoned veteran.
Instead, he qualified ninth in St. Pete and finished sixth. But, that result wasn’t indicative on how off he was that race. He made an uncharastic error and ran into the back of Takuma Sato in Turn 1. Then, he was penalized on pit road too.
But, heading to Phoenix, he would have better luck right?
So far, no.
Dixon, was just 11th quickest in practice on Friday afternoon. He qualified his No. 9 Honda way back in 17th. That left Dixon shaking his head and wondering what’s going on now.
“I’m really not sure what happened,” said Dixon. “We struggled a bit too in the session earlier today with overall grip. We just had a lot of understeer in Turn 4 and the car just wanted to break loose and take off. We just missed the balance with the PNC Bank car, and if you do that on a short track like this you really pay the price in the lap times.”
Dixon, wasn’t real strong in the test here back in February. He was in the top five in just one of the four sessions. With a track where track position is key, he could be facing a rough night on Saturday. That’s shocking.