Dixon Going For Two-In-A-Row

Ganassi Driver Red-Hot As IndyCar Visits Road America

Scott Stiller
June 22, 2018 - 10:00 am
No. 9 PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing Honda

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Elkhart Lake, WI (93.7 The Fan) – PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon is looking to make it two-in-a-row at the track, and on the schedule, as the Verizon IndyCar Series races at Road America for the KOHLER Grand Prix this weekend.

Dixon used a slick outside pass in turn 1 to get around Josef Newgarden to win the at the 4.014-mile, 14-turn permanent road course in 2017.

“We had a great car here last year picking up the win for the No. 9 team, and I’m hoping we can do it again this weekend with the PNC Bank car,” said Dixon.

Dixon is also coming off a win at the last race on the Verizon IndyCar Series schedule, June 9th at Texas Motor Speedway.  In fact, the 4-time series champion has won 2-out-of-the-last-3 IndyCar races.

“Obviously I’m happy with where the team has been running these past few weekends, but we’ve been there the whole season,” said Dixon.  “We just haven’t shown the results for one reason or another.”

Dixon leads the series championship points standings by 23-points over Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi.

“Road America is one of my favorite road courses in the world,” said Rossi.  “We have always had strong pace in Elkhart Lake, but never really gotten a result, so we will be looking to change that this weekend and hopefully close the gap to the top of the points.”

Team Penske’s Will Power sits third in the standings, 36-points behind Dixon.  Power, along with Dixon and Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser Sullivan’s Sebastien Bourdais, are the only drivers entered in the race who have tasted the champagne in victory lane at Road America.

“Road courses are always so much fun and this is definitely one of the most beautiful tracks on the circuit,” said Power, the 2018 Indianapolis 500 Champion.  “The fans at Road America are such great IndyCar fans and I really enjoy meeting them when we’re there.”

There have been six different winners in nine races so far in the Verizon IndyCar Series in 2018 with only Dixon, Power and Newgarden visiting victory lane twice.

Team Penske and Chip Ganassi Racing are the only two teams entered that have won at Road America. Penske has four wins at the track (1989, 1992, 1993 and 2016).  Ganassi has three (1997, 2001 and 2017).

Two practice sessions are scheduled for Friday, 12:00 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. and 4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. ET, with pit stop practice immediately following from 5:20 p.m. to 5:40 p.m. ET.  A third practice session takes place on Saturday from 12:00 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. ET.  All practice sessions will be streamed live at www.RaceControl.IndyCar.com.

Three rounds of knockout-style qualifying take place Saturday beginning at 3:00 p.m. ET.  Qualifying will be carried live on www.RaceControl.IndyCar.comand tape delayed on NBCSN at 6:30 p.m. ET.

The race takes place on Sunday with the green flag waving at 1:12 p.m. ET.  Coverage begins at 12:30 p.m. on NBCSN and on the Advance Auto Parts IndyCar Radio Network.

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