MADISON, IL (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon’s hopes for a sixth Championship took a hit, literally, at Saturday night’s NTT IndyCar Series Bommarito Automotive Group 500 at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway.
Dixon was running in the top 5 when he brought the No.9 Honda to pit road and his “Wolfpack” crew quickly removed the engine cover and began adding water to the cars cooling system.
“It’s a shame for the No. 9 PNC Bank team,” said Dixon. “The car was overheating for some reason. I think they (the team) saw it starting on lap 1 and it got progressively worse. We stayed out just until point the engine would fail and came in to try and diagnose the problem.”
A few laps later the crew pushed the car back to the garage area.
“The guys brought the car in to change the radiator,” said Dixon.
The crew made the repairs and Dixon returned to the race 62-laps down, eventually finishing 20th.
“Great job by the whole team getting it fixed and back out on track,” said Dixon. “We ran the maximum laps we could for points and pulled in after that. It just wasn’t our day.”
Chip Ganassi Racing Managing Director Mike Hull explained on Twitter exactly what happened to Dixon’s radiator.
3-wide salute to #IndyCar Fans was impressive; very large piece of shrapnel prob left on track from K/N engine explosions was drop-kicked on the start; went thru stainless screen, rad core then broke 2 tubes on back side of rad – not a day to play the lottery. https://t.co/ANq8dzW7sH
— Mike Hull (@IndyMHull) August 26, 2019
Dixon’s finish dropped him 70-points in the Championship behind points-leader Josef Newgarden with only 2-races remaining in the season.
NTT IndyCar Series point standings:
- Josef Newgarden – 563
- Simon Pagenaud – 525
- Alexander Rossi – 517
- Scott Dixon – 493
The next NTT IndyCar Series race is the Grand Prix of Portland, next Sunday at Portland International Raceway. Live coverage on NBC begins at 3 p.m. ET with green flag at approximately 3:45 p.m. Live radio broadcasts will be available on the Advance Auto Parts IndyCar Radio Network affiliates and SiriuxXM Satellite (XM 209, Sirius 98, Internet/App 970).