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Dixon: IndyCar title nonetheless ‘doable’, however work wanted to catch up

Dixon, a six-time winner at Mid-Ohio, completed fourth in final weekend’s race behind race winner Josef Newgarden (Staff Penske), and fellow Ganassi drivers Marcus Ericsson and Palou.

Having been jumped within the last spherical of stops by Palou, Dixon completed 10 seconds behind the Spaniard and was left to defend from the pack of Alexander Rossi, Graham Rahal and Romain Grosjean behind him.

The six-time IndyCar champion felt that he struggled to carry onto the rear of the automotive relative to his team-mates, which contributed to an absence of progress by means of the sector.

“The rear of the automotive, we simply couldn’t maintain on to all through the race,” mentioned Dixon.

“It was positively very irritating. We couldn’t push at any time, we tried to regulate through the race.

“We’ve received to do some work, we want some work.”

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Concerning his championship prospects, having fallen 56 factors behind Palou, Dixon defined that the title was not out of attain – and that the discount of his lead from final season confirmed that closing the hole continues to be potential.

“It’s nonetheless doable,” Dixon added. “I had a 130-point lead sooner or later final yr and it went all the way down to 15 or one thing, so it’s going to be tight!

Scott Dixon, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda

Scott Dixon, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda

Photograph by: Chris Owens

“I do know Josef goes to be robust, Alex goes to be robust, there’s going to be loads of robust automobiles. We simply have to preserve our head down and preserve engaged on the automotive.

“We have now some fascinating tracks developing in the direction of the top of the season. A four-week break shall be fascinating for lots of us too.”

Dixon additionally clashed with Will Energy on the restart following a warning introduced out for a first-lap fracas, which introduced out one other yellow-flag interval.

Battling into Flip 5, Dixon closed the door on Energy and the 2 touched, leaving Energy to spin and go away a cloud of tyre smoke – which caught Dale Coyne Racing’s Ed Jones out as he was unable to see Energy’s automotive beneath the crest.

“We needed to get previous Will [who started on primary tyres], however clearly I don’t wish to take anyone out,” associated Dixon.

“I feel it was only a racing incident.

“We have been pushing arduous, and in case you give an excessive amount of room on the surface line – like final yr I gave him an excessive amount of on the surface and he kinda ran me off the monitor there – so I didn’t do something on goal.

“I am sorry for his day, however positively a tricky race for us.”

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