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Dixon didn’t need to know trim stage earlier than “bushy” Indy 500 pole run

Dixon’s fourth Indy pole and 27th of his profession, was his first IndyCar pole because the Chip Ganassi Racing driver went quickest for the 500 in 2017.

It resulted in a mean pace of 231.685mph to see off sturdy opposition from Colton Herta of Andretti Autosport and the Ed Carpenter Racing pair Rinus VeeKay and group proprietor Carpenter.

“It was fairly bushy, glad it is over,” the 2008 Indy 500 winner mentioned.

“It was undoubtedly fairly tense.

“Once I noticed the primary few vehicles run, it was calm. I noticed the ECR vehicles run and I used to be like, ‘That is fairly sturdy, wasn’t anticipating that.’

“I used to be in a position to watch Colton’s 4 laps, too: want I hadn’t earlier than I went out. I knew his consistency was most likely going to be a tick higher than the opposite two, and it positive was.

“Yeah, for our automobile you are sort of simply guessing [at downforce levels]. I may see the mechanics engaged on the automobile as we rolled by way of, adjusting the wings.

“I requested them to not inform me – I knew it was solely going a method, and that was trimming out extra! I knew they had been going to be fairly aggressive as a result of we had already began fairly aggressive.

“At Flip 1 for the primary lap it was very unfastened, and I used to be already maxed out on all of the controls. I knew it was simply going to be holding on for lap three and 4.

Scott Dixon, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda

Scott Dixon, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda

Picture by: Phillip Abbott / Motorsport Images

“Lap four was undoubtedly fairly tough, particularly by way of Flip three. I believe we did it three-hundredths or some loopy quantity.”

Requested to confirm that he wasn’t instructed by race engineer Michael Cannon what his downforce stage was, Dixon mentioned: “He makes me nervous loads of the time!

“I sit throughout from him each day. He shakes rather a lot, which makes me shake now. Among the occasions once we’re going by way of the method, really final week, too, the place we stored lacking calculations by a little bit bit.

“He is like, ‘As we speak we’ll change this, we’ll change that, change this…’ I am like, ‘Bear in mind, our automobile yesterday was fairly good. Are you positive you need to change?’ He is like, ‘I believe it’ll be a bit higher. I am like, ‘Alright, I do not need to know anything now. Do not inform me!

“I knew they had been going to observe the opposite vehicles rolling as much as exit, see if anyone made any adjustments. We felt we had a reasonably good concept of trim ranges. We had been already beginning pretty aggressive to among the teammates.

“And once they’re adjusting, I knew they’re solely going a method, that was extra [trim] out. I did not hear the ultimate quantity.”

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Waiting for the race, Dixon is keen to chalk up a second Indy 500 win after clocking up three runner-up finishes in 2007, 2012 and 2020.

“It is aim primary, the primary aim that we set for the group all 12 months first,” he mentioned.

“Then you definitely deal with the championship. That is by no means modified. I believe the primary time you step onto this place, include top-of-the-line groups, that is the apparent type of aim for us to try to obtain that.

Pole award winner Scott Dixon, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda

Pole award winner Scott Dixon, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda

Picture by: Barry Cantrell / Motorsport Images

“I can inform you [second] is the worst spot to complete. Final 12 months was irritating.

Once more, this place owes me nothing. We bought to maintain knocking on that door and hopefully someday once more, someday quickly, that opens up.”

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