Dixon, a six-time winner at Mid-Ohio, completed fourth in final weekend’s race behind race winner Josef Newgarden (Workforce 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 automobile relative to his team-mates, which contributed to an absence of progress via the sphere.
“The rear of the automobile, we simply couldn’t maintain on to all through the race,” stated Dixon.
“It was undoubtedly very irritating. We couldn’t push at any time, we tried to regulate in the course of the race.
“We’ve bought to do some work, we want some work.”
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 remains to be potential.
“It’s nonetheless doable,” Dixon added. “I had a 130-point lead in some unspecified time in the future 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
Picture by: Chris Owens
“I do know Josef goes to be sturdy, Alex goes to be sturdy, there’s going to be loads of sturdy automobiles. We simply have to maintain our head down and maintain engaged on the automobile.
“We’ve got some attention-grabbing tracks developing in direction of the tip of the season. A four-week break will probably be attention-grabbing 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 automobile beneath the crest.
“We needed to get previous Will [who started on primary tyres], however clearly I don’t need to take anyone out,” associated Dixon.
“I feel it was only a racing incident.
“We had been pushing laborious, and when 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 observe there – so I didn’t do something on objective.
“I am sorry for his day, however undoubtedly a tricky race for us.”