Scott Dixon
Sep 8

GRAND-AM Monterey Notebook

Photo Credit: John Dagys

Photo Credit: John Dagys

TRG ASTON MARTIN DEBUTS — After months of delays, TRG’s Aston Martin Vantage debuts in this weekend’s Continental Tire Sports Car Festival at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca (5 p.m. ET, Live! FOX Sports 1). AMR factory driver Darren Turner, fresh off the FIA WEC Six Hours of Sao Paulo, has joined Brandon Davis, a winner in last month’s Pirelli World Challenge round, at the wheel of GT3-based machine.

Davis qualified the V12-powered beast in 10th, a respectable effort considering the number of changes made to the car, including heavily revised aero and a switch to the class-mandated Bosch ECU system.

Aug 31

Dixon Wins The Pole For Road Race At Baltimore

Scott Dixon. (Photo: LAT Photographic)

Scott Dixon. (Photo: LAT Photographic)

After the pit road commotion at Sonoma, Scott Dixon still sent a congratulatory text to winner Will Power.

Yes, Dixon’s penalty wiped out his shot at a victory, but he was at least going to be a good sport.

“I respect Will. He’s a fantastic driver,” Dixon said. “We’re going to be competing, hopefully, together for a lot of years.”

That competition, for now, means they can’t seem to get away from each other on the track.

Power spun Dixon in Saturday’s practice. But Dixon got the final payback when he swiped the pole from Power on the last lap of qualifying to take the top spot for the Grand Prix of Baltimore.

Aug 30

IndyCar Institutes New Pit Lane Rules After Dixon, Power Mixup

Photo Credit: Getty Images

Photo Credit: Getty Images

Nothing is going to change the damaging penalty that Scott Dixon received for inadvertently making contact with Will Power’s Team Penske pit crew last Sunday.

The mishap did, however, prompt IndyCar to install new rules involving drivers and the safety of pit crew members.

Dixon was on his way to victory at Sonoma when he received a drive-through penalty with 15 laps to go for clipping a tire in the left hand of a member of Power’s crew. The incident occurred when Dixon’s Honda left his pit directly behind Power’s Chevrolet.

Dixon was livid after finishing 15th, claiming the pit crew member intentionally got in his way. His stance mellowed Friday — to a degree.

“I’m obviously not as angered. I’d probably take back some of the words I used,” Dixon said. “But still, I think the guy was incompetent, not paying attention, and we don’t need that on pit lane. He’s going to cause somebody else harm. I still feel he should be removed from pit lane or some kind of penalty inflicted on him.”

The new rules instituted Friday addressed that concern, and clearly defined where pit crews should stand during the race.