LONG POND, PA – A few races ago, Scott Dixon was 99 points behind the championship lead in the NTT IndyCar Series. Now? He leaves the Pocono Raceway 52 points out as he’s gained 47 points on Josef Newgarden the last four races.
“I think honestly until you’re out of it, you’re never really out of it” Dixon said after another solid day. “I don’t know what the points gap was going in ’15 for us, behind Montoya, but I think it was in the 60s. It’s definitely achievable from the point deficit right now.
“There’s still a long ways to go. I think the next two will be pretty interesting. St. Louis is going to be a lot of fun. Then Portland will be interesting. For a lot of us, too, it was interesting to get back to Laguna for a while. Some teams struggled more than they thought they would. Laguna will be a pretty interesting race with double points”
His surge is all because he’s been a top two machine. Dixon, brought his No. 9 Honda home runner-up in Sunday’s rain shortened ABC Supply 500 at the Pocono Raceway for his fourth straight top two finish on the year including three of which being runner-up’s themselves.
Dixon, now has 46 of those, trailing Mario Andretti by 10 second place finishes for most ever. It was also his 114th career podium which too ranks second most ever. His 164 now top fives are second most all-time as well.
That’s how good he is and why he’s the Iceman.
Dixon, started this string in Toronto finishing second, just behind Simon Pagenaud for the win. A week later, he stole a second place run in Iowa when he went from racing for most of the night a lap down to running his second to last pit sequence long which got him a lucky yellow and his lap back. With so few cars on the lead lap, he finally did pit under caution and also had fresh tires as well. That allowed him to run through the field to finish second again.
At Mid-Ohio, he led 38 of 90 laps and won. Now, he ran well all day and came home second again.
Dixon, is being vintage Dixon. It was his second straight podium in Pocono but first top 10 on superspeedway’s in 2019. He was involved in crashes in both Indy and Texas and finished 17th in both.
Now, he’s driving like the Dixon of old and is heading in the right direction with three races remaining in the season.
Dixon, says that despite finishing second, even if the race went back green, he had nothing for Will Power.
“Definitely gets exciting in that situation,” Dixon said. “We definitely had some luck. Today the car went through some good changes. The car was pretty quick. Not sure really what happened on the last stint there. We put more front wing in there, more pressure on the right rear tire. Couldn’t turn the car. We were running 213, 214. Struggling to do 208. So much understeer.
“Will (Power) was definitely extremely strong today. It was good to see him get another victory this season. Had we gone back out, even with headlights on, I think Will was going to take the race. Congrats to him and Team Penske.
“We’ll keep our head down and see what we can come up with for the last three races.”