Scott Dixon has practically won every where he’s raced. Out of the 15 different tracks we stop at in 2019, the five time series champion has won on nearly all of them. One that’s escaped him though has been the Barber Motorsports Park.
Maybe this is the weekend he can get his car to victory lane. Dixon, qualified his No. 9 Honda third for Sunday’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama (4 p.m. ET/NBCSN/IndyCar Radio Network). He was fourth, 10th and third respectively this weekend in practice too.
“It was OK, but we were always chasing the number one spot considering practices and just how the car felt,” said the defending series champion. “The team made a few changes over the night to make it a little more drivable and somewhere we could get some more out of. And even in the warmer conditions in the afternoon, which we really struggled with yesterday, I think we got it. Starting third, I think we can definitely win from there. Great show for Honda, obviously a home race for them, so hopefully, we can get to that elusive top spot in Alabama with the PNC Bank car.”
It’s not like Dixon has been off during his career on the Alabama road course either. The Chip Ganassi Racing driver has five runner-up finishes (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2017) to go along with two third place efforts (2014, 2015) in nine tries. His only non podium finishes was a 10th place run in 2016 and a sixth place effort last year.
After a disappointing weekend two weeks ago in COTA, Dixon is hungry. He came away with a runner-up finish in the season opener at St. Pete and is after revenge from the last race at COTA.
For how close he’s been in his career at Barber, watch out for Dixon on Sunday.
His teammate Felix Rosenqvist will be strong too. The Swedish rookie may start 17th in his No. 10 Honda on Sunday but he was first, 17th and eighth respectively in practice around the 2.38-mile road course.
“It wasn’t what we expected in the NTT DATA car today,” said the disappointed rookie driver. “It’s kind of been a difficult weekend so far. Going on the blacks (Firestone primary tires) in qualifying felt OK and it looked like we wouldn’t have a tough time to make it through because I think I was P7 or P8 already, then. And then on the reds (Firestone alternate tires), I improved my time, but I think the others improved more. It didn’t really feel that bad, I was quite happy with the car, but still, it wasn’t quick, so we’ll have to analyze tonight and see.”
Rosenqvist, finished fourth in the season opener in St. Pete and is the real deal.