LONG BEACH, Calif – Scott Dixon had the perfect timing for his final couple of qualifying laps in the third and final round of the quals session around the streets of Long Beach. He had just turned a blazing hot lap of 1:06.8242-seconds in his No. 9 Honda and when he crossed the timing line, he had enough time to turn one more lap around the 1.968-mile road course.
That was crucial as another Verizon P1 Pole Award was on his mind. On that final lap, he was tracking faster than the one he had just ran. It was a pole winning lap. Instead, heading to the timing line, he slowed up and hit pit lane.
It was odd timing.
Dixon, said that it was a mistake. They should have completed that lap. He thought he used the tires too much and wasn’t gaining. His crew made the mistake in the message to him as well and instead of turning a final lap that would have rivaled Alexander Rossi’s pole winning one, he will instead start second.
While he could be extremely frustrated by it, he’s confident in his chances for Sunday’s Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach (4 p.m. ET/NBCSN/IndyCar Radio Network).
Dixon, was in the top three in all three practice sessions this weekend and has three top four finishes in his last four Long Beach starts. He may be starting second, but he can win this race.