It’s looking like a two-man fight heading
to the final races. Is that how you see it?
SCOTT DIXON I still think four or five
people have a good shot, especially Ryan
Hunter-Reay. I was 90 points out just the
other day, and it only takes one or two
DNFs to turn things around.
HELIO CASTRONEVES I hope so, I don’t
want another person in the hunt. But I
agree, I would not count Ryan out yet.
This is one of the most entertaining and
hard-to-predict seasons in recent IndyCar
history. As we speak, Will Power and Dario
Franchitti haven’t won a race, and even
though you two are fighting for the title,
this series isn’t just Ganassi vs. Penske.
HC It’s interesting how it’s changed. Until
my win in Texas, Penske and Ganassi
hadn’t won a race and all you media guys
were like, “Come on! You people can’t win
a single race?!” The way I see it, at least
one car from the big teams is going to be
a factor, because they have the
experience and the resources.
Scott and I have been in this series a
long time, this is not our first rodeo, and
even though things don’t always go the
way they’re planned, you have to be
patient. Things will turn around.
SD Helio summed it up. A lot of credit
should go to the teams. If you don’t have
the right bits at certain stages of the
season, the better teams find a way of
getting around that issue or making up
for things with strategy. You always want
straight-out speed but, like at Pocono, we
certainly didn’t have the speed in
qualifying, yet won because of strategy
and fuel mileage. It’s been a strange year
– eight different winners in 13 races.
[It’s now 9 from 14, following Charlie
Kimball’s victory three days after this
interview!] That’s kinda unheard of.
Seven races in, neither Penske nor
Ganassi had won, which just doesn’t seem
right. But it’s refreshing for fans.
Why is it so competitive and unpredictable?
HC To be sure, the rules take away from
big teams: what we have, other teams
also have, so it gives opportunities to
smaller teams. IndyCar is one of the
toughest series around and you could
“I remember that last race in
’08. At first they gave victory
to Scott and then they found
out I’d won. But I lost the title”
The last time Dixon
finished a season
outside the top three
was in 2006 – when
DIXON AND CASTRONEVES
(MAIN) With 31 wins for Target Chip
Ganassi Racing, Dixon has become
synonymous with success, even if he’s
been wretchedly unlucky over the years.
He has two IndyCar championships to his
name, but it could have been far more.