Ganassi guys frustrated by slower cars on Sunday in Gateway

MADISON, Ill — Scott Dixon had a great points weekend. He went from 54 points up in the championship at the start of the month, to 84 after Indy to 96 markers up leaving August at Gateway.

The five time series champion won Saturday’s Bommarito Automotive Group 500 from the World Wide Technology Raceway en route to his 50th career NTT INDYCAR Series victory. On Sunday, he had an uneventful day in a fifth place effort in his No. 9 Honda.

Still, Dixon wasn’t too thrilled with one driver for holding him up during a stint.

“The PNC Bank crew did a great job today,” Dixon said. “We got into a little bit of traffic in those sequences, and Zach Veach totally screwed us. He was laps down and was totally slowing everyone down. I’m not sure if he was trying to help his teammate (Colton) Herta, but he screwed my race and (Takuma) Sato’s race.

“I’m not sure how that happens when you are fellow Honda teams. I would have expected something else, especially with the other manufacturer running P1-4. It was a decent points’ day, and we just made the most of what we had.”

His teammate Felix Rosenqvist was equally frustrated with a different driver. He finished seventh on Sunday which backed up a then career best oval finish of eighth on Saturday.

“That was definitely an improvement on ovals, in general, and to yesterday’s finish (P8),” said the second year driver. “I just couldn’t really take advantage of many moments today because it was a pretty static race.

“We were a bit unlucky when we caught Ed Carpenter going really slow. He let Conor Daly by because I think they’re friends, and then he kind of blocked me, and we lost a lot of time.

“I got it back in the end there with the yellow. We got really lucky. We used the momentum to get past those two guys, and I thought we had a good finish with the Monster Energy car.”

Now, the three car team hopes to regroup in what might be the next race weekend at Mid-Ohio in a couple of weeks to where they finished 1-2 last year.

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