Dixon aualifies 4th at Indianapolis. Indianapolis, IN - After qualifying was rained out on Saturday, Team Target returned to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway today to earn their positions for the 87th running of the Indianapolis 500. Scott Dixon...
Dixon aualifies 4th at Indianapolis.
Indianapolis, IN - After qualifying was rained out on Saturday, Team Target returned to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway today to earn their positions for the 87th running of the Indianapolis 500. Scott Dixon set the early pace for the field, posting a 4-lap average speed of 230.099 mph. He sat on the provisional pole until Robby Gordon snatched the top spot away a few cars later. Dixon wound up qualifying 4th overall and was the fastest rookie qualifier, a strong achievement for the Kiwi.
Driving with a broken wrist and broken bones in his hand, the 22-year old had a fastest lap of 230.659 mph in qualifying. Dixon took his first laps ever at the 2.5-mile circuit just a week ago. The #9 Target machine was the highest qualifying Panoz G Force chassis in the field.
"Team Target did a great job in preparing the car for me," Dixon said. "It wasn't too bad, really. We had four solid laps out there. We were probably a little too much on the conservative side, but it's better to be in the field than in the wall. The car was a little loose at first and then it started to push. The important thing is that we have a good starting position for the race. This is such a unique experience for me. It's been great so far and I can only see it getting better."
Teammate Tomas Scheckter averaged a speed of 227.769 mph over his 4-lap run, placing him on the outside of row 4 in 12th place. Last year, the South African led a race-high 85 laps in the Indy 500, before an accident ended his bid for the win with 28 laps remaining. "I won the Indy 450 last year", joked Scheckter. This week his crew focused primarily on race setup throughout the week, and the driver of the #10 Target Toyota explained the reason for that approach.
"It's about the 500 miles that we race, not the 10 we qualify," Scheckter said. "We worked almost week on full tanks and race setups. We have a great race car. I learned a lot from last year. This year, I'm more intelligent and more focused on the big picture. We just wanted to get the car in the show. We took a conservative approach and ran quite a bit of downforce on the car."
The 87th running of the Indianapolis 500 will be held on Sunday, May 25th with the green flag to be waving at 12 p.m. ET.