Six-time champion Dixon entered the ultimate oval race weekend of the season second within the standings, simply six factors behind collection chief Will Energy.
However the Kiwi wasn’t within the reckoning for victory on what he described as “a mean night time”, along with his efforts to pit early at every scheduled cease stymied by backmarkers.
His deficit to Energy was prolonged to 14, regardless of the 2014 champion dropping floor late within the race on the unsuitable technique. Energy, who had dominated the primary half of the race, was left attempting to stretch out his gas and run on outdated tyres when the rain-interrupted occasion restarted, and he fell to sixth.
Victory for Newgarden vaulted him from fourth within the standings into second, three factors behind Energy.
However Dixon, who like Energy and his team-mates Marcus Ericsson and Alex Palou didn’t cease underneath the mid-race warning attributable to Jack Harvey hitting the wall, feels he is nonetheless within the combine forward of the ultimate two rounds at Portland and Laguna Seca in September.
“We simply actually struggled to get on a roll,” Dixon stated.
“Any sort of undercut or no matter we tried we acquired blocked right into a lapped visitors state of affairs. Undoubtedly irritating.
“We missed a beneficial pit cease on one of many cautions which possibly would have modified it, possibly not. The #9 PNC Financial institution crew did a hell of a job, the pitstops have been superior all night time.
“It got here out OK, we’re nonetheless 14 factors out of the championship and with two races to go we’re positively in it.”
Scott Dixon, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
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Dixon completed one place behind Ericsson, who dropped from third to fourth within the standings and lies 17 factors behind Energy.
However Ericsson, who began an IndyCar race from the entrance row for the primary time, additionally is not able to low cost his title hopes but.
“It was an fascinating race,” he stated.
“I feel we began off rather well working up entrance after which all through the race, we have been simply dropping again somewhat bit stint by stint.
“We’ll have to analyse issues to see why, but it surely felt just like the automobile was fairly good. We have been simply struggling a bit to maintain up the tempo and a few of our pit sequences didn’t fall our method.
“We took a little bit of a big gamble and pitted underneath yellow on the restart of the race and needed to push actually arduous on the finish, which was actually enjoyable to attempt to overtake lots of vehicles.
“Happily, we acquired it again to seventh, however the Bryant Ganassi automobile was good all weekend.
“We’re nonetheless within the combine and searching ahead to the ultimate two races.”
Palou completed ninth, leaving him 43 factors adrift of Energy and fifth within the factors. However at Portland and Laguna Seca final yr he captured a win and a second place respectively, so stays constructive for subsequent month’s ultimate two rounds of 2022.
Alex Palou, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
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“We’re nonetheless within the hunt,” he stated.
“The championship is actually shut and we’re heading to the West Coast, the place we have been fairly robust final yr, with possibilities to win.
“We have to concentrate on ourselves, attempt to win the final two races of the yr and attempt to get this championship again house once more.”