(Detroit, Mi) - PacWest Racing's Scott Dixon expects his toughest test of the season to date when he lines up fourth in the third round of the Dayton Indy Lights Championship at Detroit's Belle Isle tomorrow. Dixon won the opening two races of...
(Detroit, Mi) - PacWest Racing's Scott Dixon expects his toughest test of the season to date when he lines up fourth in the third round of the Dayton Indy Lights Championship at Detroit's Belle Isle tomorrow.
Dixon won the opening two races of the season in his #17 Invensys/Powerware PacWest Lights entry at Long Beach and Milwaukee and will be looking to continue that streak in tomorrow's 32-lap contest.
Tony Renna's frustrations continued in the #18 Motorola PacWest Lights machine when he only got in two laps in the morning practice because of a mechanical failure.
His qualifying was cut short after he locked up the wheels and overshot turn six on his last, and until then, fastest flying lap.
SCOTT DIXON -- #17 INVENSYS/POWERWARE PACWEST LIGHTS -- 4th
Morning Session: 1:22.528s -- 3rd; Qualifying: 1:22.299s
"We've got a pretty good car right now, although we are battling a bit of understeer which we will address this evening," said Dixon, a native of New Zealand.
"We got caught out on a couple of red flags when we were trying to get our tires up, so we didn't really get a good run for our flyers.
"The car has a little too much downforce as well, but I'm confident we can get all the kinks worked out for tomorrow's race.
"This race will be tough, but it will be made easier if we can grab a couple of places early and battle for the lead.
"We have some good momentum happening and we need to continue it."
TONY RENNA -- # 18 MOTOROLA PACWEST LIGHTS -- 11th
Morning Session: 1:25.494s -- 17th; Qualifying: 1:23.178s
"The car was OK, but we lost too much track time early with a mechanical failure," said Renna.
"Aside from battling understeer everything went fairly good. We went hard
into six on our last lap and the car would not slow down so I locked up and
missed the turn.
"That was obviously my flying lap and I think if we had gotten to the line we would have been starting higher than 11th. We are going to assess the gear ratio package overnight and hopefully be in a position to make up some spots early in the race."