Scott Dixon felt he made too many errors as he was forced to settle for second on the grid for the Verizon IndyCar Series’ return to Road America on Saturday.
The Chip Ganassi Racing driver ended up 0.1654 seconds shy of taking his first pole position of 2016, ultimately being denied by Team Penske’s Will Power, but Dixon believed the pace was there in the car, which is running a changed yellow Clorox livery this weekend rather than its usual red Target livery, to have taken top spot during the session.
Reigning series champion Dixon is now hopeful of making amends for his mistakes in qualifying during Sunday’s race around the Elkhart Lake circuit, with the New Zealander hoping IndyCar provides a good spectacle for the fans.
“I think there were just too many mistakes made to get the pole,” said Dixon. “We definitely had the car for the pole.
“I messed up the last two corners in the Clorox car, which in turn costs us 2-and-a-1/2 tenths and ultimately the pole position today here at Road America.
“There is massive fan support here, it’s great to be back and I hope we put on a good show for the fans tomorrow.”