Scott Dixon: “It’s nice to start at the front”


Scott Dixon - Credit: Chris Owens / IndyCar

Scott Dixon thanked his Chip Ganassi Racing team for giving him a car that was strong enough to take a front row grid slot for Saturday night’s Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway, even though he admits its not that important where you start the oval race as long as it is near the front.

The New Zealander set a two-lap average of 216.901mph to slip into second position on the grid behind pole sitter Carlos Munoz, and felt the balance of his car was good even though in qualifying trim it was slightly on edge.

Dixon is now looking to have a strong race on Saturday night, in what he expects to be a close battle due to the number of different lanes drivers can use around the speedway.

“Huge credit to the Target team,” revealed Dixon. “The car is fast and I’m excited. The amount of lanes you can use and the different configurations you can run here in Texas is really cool.

“I’m fairly happy with the qualifying run but we just missed by a little bit. The car was surprisingly good to drive. In these situations, you trim out a lot – you’re on the edge and if you miss by a little bit it can be a bit of a handful.

“But the balance is really good. I thought the rear was sliding a little bit, which cost us a bit of speed. I moved the weight jacker a couple times and that was about it.

“It’s nice to start at the front – I don’t think it’s a really big deal where you qualify as long as you’re up towards the front. But it’s always great to be near the pointy end of the field and congratulations to Andretti and (Carlos) Munoz for pulling off the pole.”