Scott Dixon: “All in all just happy I didn’t crash”

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Scott Dixon finished eighth in Iowa to retain his championship lead - Credit: Chris Owens / IndyCar

Verizon IndyCar Series championship leader Scott Dixon endured a tough day at Iowa Speedway on Sunday, but fought through to an eighth place finish.

The Chip Ganassi Racing driver, aiming this year to become a five-time champion, admitted that he was happy not to end his Iowa Corn 300 race with a crash after struggling with a loose car, which made driving difficult, particularly on the low line.

Dixon said the team tried everything they could to solve the issue, but he could not do any better than eighth, which ensured he stayed at the top of the standings but by a reduced margin of just eight points from race winner Helio Castroneves.

“It was a rough day for the NTT Data car. We were just so loose,” said Dixon. “We tried to fix it with wing adjustments, tyre pressure adjustments and cross-weights, but the rear was just loose especially on restarts for us.

“As we got later on in the run, we could beat up the right front tyre and create some understeer which helped. Our only option was to run the high line and as soon as I went on the low line I started to spin out. All in all just happy I didn’t crash today.”

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