Scott Dixon nearly stole a win away from the NTT IndyCar Series field last weekend in Iowa. See, his car was never a top 10 car from the outset of the race weekend. Instead, despite being pinned a lap down for a majority of the night, Dixon not only capitalized on strategy to get back on the lead lap in the end, he had new tires in the final laps and used that to nab his best career finish at the Iowa Speedway and his second straight runner-up on the season.
Now, it’s to a place where his confidence level is normally at its highest. See, Dixon has won the Honda Indy 200 a race record five times. He won four of which in a six year span. But, he hasn’t won since (2014).
Now, he’s aiming to get back on track this weekend in a race that he very well should. We’ve ran five times on natural road courses in 2019 and Dixon has scored more points than any driver in the field.
Plus, Dixon has finished in the top 10 in literally all but one start around the 2.258-mile road course.
“Mid-Ohio is a place that we as a team have always felt that all of our cars have a shot at winning, and there aren’t many tracks out there where your confidence level is that high as a team,” said Dixon. “It’s a track that really feels like home to me. I’ve said over the years that it’s a rhythm track, and it’s very technical. You have to get a lot of things right to go to victory lane there. We need a big finish for the championship with five to go starting this weekend in the PNC Bank car. Mid-Ohio would be a great place to start a run of strong results.”
His teammate Felix Rosenqvist is just as confident. While Rosenqvist hasn’t raced at Mid-Ohio before, he’s certainly tested there. In fact, Mid-Ohio is the place that got his Indy Car career jump started in a phenomenal test a few years ago. That mixed with Ganassi winning a race record 10 times in Indy Car competition, gives the rookie driver a boat load of confidence coming into this weekend.
“This is the track where I sort of got my introduction to the team I guess you could say,” said Rosenqvist. “I’ve tested (at Mid-Ohio) a few times in Scott’s car over the years before coming to INDYCAR full time. It’s a track I’m familiar with and one I think we should be able to compete at and get a good result.”
Rosenqvist, notes that the battle to win top rookie at the end of the season is coming down to the wire. He currently holds a slim 14 point lead over Santino Ferrucci for that honor. With how this track races, he’s hoping to qualify well on Saturday so he leaves Mid-Ohio on Sunday still in control of the Rookie of the Year race.
The INDYCAR Rookie of the Year race is tight and we want to continue to lead that,” Rosenqvist continued. “Starting toward the front at Mid-Ohio is key for the race as well with track position, so qualifying is very important this weekend. I’m looking forward to getting going. The team has won here almost 15 times between the INDYCAR and IMSA programs over the years, so they know how to get it done around this place.”