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POLESITTER DIXON, WILSON OPTIMISTIC FOR SUNDAY'S INDY 500
Verizon IndyCar Series drivers Scott Dixon and Justin Wilson, who took part as special guests in Texas Motor Speedway’s Speeding To Read championship assembly on Tuesday, head back to Indianapolis and focus on Sunday’s 99th running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Dixon (No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet) won the pole and that starting position may bode well for him given history. The only other time he started on the pole for the Indy 500 was 2008 and he went on to win the event wire to wire.
“I’m definitely excited,” Dixon said. “The Target car has been extremely quick all month and pretty comfortable. I think yesterday (Monday) the track conditions were a little more difficult in some areas and we definitely have some changes to make come Carb Day on Friday. All in all, we are just hoping for a safe race and hope we can try and keep that spot at the end of the 500 miles.”
Wilson, driving the No. 25 Honda for Andretti Autosport, also is extremely pleased with his qualifying position for the Indy 500. Making his eighth Indy start, he qualified a career-best sixth for Sunday’s race. His previous best start was 11th in 2011 when he was driving for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing.
“It’s going to be great,” Wilson said. “I’m looking forward to the race. The number 25 Andretti Autosport Honda is working well. We are really pleased with qualifying. We felt like we really got everything out of it on those four laps.”
His next goal will come Sunday when he looks to challenge his career-best finish of fifth at the Indy 500 that came in 2013 for Dale Coyne Racing.
“Now it is a case of trying to get a good race car,” Wilson said. “We’ve got 500 miles to do so and we want to make sure we can be good in traffic and be good on our own. That is the hard part right now. We expect the conditions to be a little bit warmer and we haven’t really had much chance to test in the warm conditions with the new aero configurations. We are still trying to work things out and we have a few more tweaks on Carb Day.”
Wilson currently is not scheduled to compete at Texas Motor Speedway on June 6 for the Firestone 600. Wilson, who won at Texas in 2012, currently is only contracted by Andretti Autosport for the recently run Grand Prix of Indianapolis and Indy 500.