Pit Stand Stability Helped Engineer Dixon’s Late Surge in ’23

While Scott Dixon’s Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Alex Palou celebrated his second NTT INDYCAR SERIES championship in the last three years, no one could deny that Dixon ended 2023 as arguably one of the top drivers in the series. Over the final seven races of the season, Dixon outscored Palou, 268-239, including taking three wins in the final four races. Even a legend like Dixon, winner of 56 INDYCAR SERIES races, can’t carry a team alone. The engineering and strategy group on the pit road timing stand for Dixon’s No. Once Dixon, Bunnell and the engineering team started to jell and the timing stand understood what Dixon wanted and vice versa, the wins and results quickly came. “I think everybody kind of just got into their flow,” Dixon said. Dixon began the 2023 season with an average finishing position of ninth through the first six races. Over the final 11 events, it dropped to an eye-popping 3.36. “Obviously, to win the last three or four races was huge,” Dixon said. Dixon ranks second on the all-time wins list (56), runner-up finishes (50) and podium results (136).

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