Scott Dixon shed some light on why he’s struggled and make some uncharastic mistakes lately following his second place finish on Sunday in Toronto. See, Dixon is hurt. He’s been hurt. His left elbow is causing him so many problems that he thinks he may need surgery this offseason.
With these NTT IndyCar Series machines being as difficult as ever to drive, plus having no power steering in them to go along with his last two races being on a very physical Road America natural road course and now a bumpy street course on the streets of Toronto, his injury is causing him some pain.
Despite that, Dixon is still battling.
On June 23 in Road America, Dixon spun on the opening lap and fell from 12th to last. He would drive all the way back up to fifth when it was all said and done.
On Sunday, Dixon got into the wall early on and caused his steering to act up as a result. Remember, he has that bad elbow too. Despite that, Dixon still nearly won Sunday’s Honda Indy Toronto as he was catching Simon Pagenaud in the end.
Between lapped traffic and Pagenaud needing to save fuel, Dixon closed the gap to less than a second in the closing laps and had a shot to win it for a second straight year. Instead, he had to settle for his 44th career Indy Car runner-up and 11th podium.
“I had some heavy contact with the wall around Lap 12 or 15,” said Dixon. “That’s why I slowed down, and (Alexander) Rossi got right on me really hard, so the rest of the race, the steering was just on a big angle. It really wasn’t that bad in some corners, but then in others it was really loose on entry. And by that point, we were just trying to maintain; but I felt like once we got to the final stint, the car was really good and we were able to close in on Simon (Pagenaud). But it’s just so hard to pass here. I felt like we really just weren’t able to get close enough to get a good run on the straights. But, the black (Firestone primary) tires did really well today. The PNC Bank guys were super strong; we just didn’t have enough to make a pass. I think, had we got past him, we would’ve been able to drive away.”