After a tough start to the 2022 IndyCar season Scott Dixon is shifting his focus to the Indianapolis 500.
Though he hasn’t finished higher than fifth so far this season Dixon is 37 points off championship leader Will Power, sitting fifth in the championship.
Dixon has finished inside the top ten in all five races so far this season with a 10th in the Grand Prix of Indianapolis his worst result of the season.
After running out of fuel putting him a lap down mid race, Dixon fought back to finish 10th in the Indianapolis GP.
The Kiwi recently spoke about his season so far.
“It’s been pretty horrendous, I think, in some circumstances,” Dixon said.
“Honestly some were pretty big mistakes that we did as a group that should have never happened.
“And then I think we got into a bit of a weird snowball effect here on the road course [last weekend]. Honestly, we just changed way too much stuff, and when you do that, you just miss the balance, and with how tight the competition is right now, then you’re going to be out to lunch – and we definitely were.
“I think the cars race really well. We’ve had really strong races when you look at the competition of the field. It’s just really been the qualifying effort where we’ve either made mistakes or got ourselves into a bit of trouble.”
The six-time championship winner ended practice 2 for the Indy 500 with the second-fastest time.
“We’ve always got more stuff to test than actual getting on the car and running it, but the good thing is with five strong cars, we’ve been able to move through it pretty quickly.
“Some are ‘driver feel’, so you want to check them yourself just to make sure it’s how you would like it.
“I think as the week progresses, we’ll get through the meat of it, and I think for all of us it’s really about running in traffic, as we saw the majority of people do today.
“Last year it was interesting to see when people switched to qual trims – like we had a lot on Thursday, which was kind of bizarre, so we’ll keep an eye on that.
“The car feels strong, but always room to improve.”
Qualifying for the Indy 500 gets unerway this weekend, starting at 4 am Sunday morning.
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