LEXINGTON, Ohio – The Mid-Ohio maestro, Scott Dixon, is set to end the 2016 Mid-Ohio race in P22.
Or he will, if his No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet won’t be repaired from contact on Lap 16.
After starting 11th owing to a strategic backfire and a spin in morning warmup, Dixon attempted to pass Helio Castroneves in the No. 3 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet going into the Keyhole, but the two collided, and Dixon’s left front suspension and tire collapsed following contact after he hit the curb going into the corner.
“Helio was coming out of the pits on the pit exchange and we were trying to go off sequence,” Dixon said. “He was off pace and we caught him on the exit of turn 1. I got alongside him and he kept edging me over until I just had nowhere to go. I braked when I was alongside him and then he just turned in. Had we had a little more room I think we could have gotten through there just fine.
“It was definitely an aggressive move but I should have known better trying that with Helio. It usually ends like this with him. Maybe we can get the car back together and clean up a little bit of unfinished business out there.”