GP of Louisiana Race Report
Target Chip Ganassi Racing (TCGR) driver Scott Dixon finished 11 th on the 2.74-mile road course at NOLA Motorsports Park in the Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana. The Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana marked the debut of the Verizon IndyCar Series at NOLA Motorsports Park.
Dixon started the inaugural race in the 15th position after being forced to start by entrant points due to Saturday’s qualifying session being cancelled for weather circumstances. The No. 9 Brita Chevrolet dropped to the 20th position before a green flag pit stop on Lap 15. After returning to the track, a full-course caution flew for a car stopped on-track and allowed Dixon to move up to 18th. During a cycle of multiple cautions, Dixon climbed his way into the 13th position in just 12 laps. The caution flag flew once again on Lap 34 for a car off track, and the No. 9 team pitted for fuel only for their last pit stop of the day. After restarting in the 16th position, Dixon worked his way into the 11th position; however a time-restrained race cut the race 28-laps short. Dixon finished the inaugural Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana 11th.
With the result, Dixon holds the 15th position in the Verizon IndyCar Series point standings with 19 markers, 50 points behind the points leader Juan Pablo Montoya.
Notes of Interest
· The race morning warmup session was cancelled due to inclement weather.
· Before the qualifying session was cancelled on Saturday, Dixon was positioned to advance to the next round.
· Dixon led the final practice session on Saturday in dry conditions.
· The Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana began an hour earlier than scheduled due to weather and was a timed race of 105 minutes.
Scott Dixon, No. 9 Brita Chevrolet: "It’s a shame we didn’t get much green-flag racing in today here at NOLA. I wish we could have gotten more racing in with the dry conditions after the start. Our Brita car was really fast in the last dry practice session of the weekend so we were optimistic for the race. It’s just one of those things where you spend a lot of time under the yellow flag.”