Originally written on Race Review Online  |  Last updated 10/14/14

MOTEGI, JAPAN - SEPTEMBER 18: Scott Dixon, driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara Honda walks down pit road prior to qualifying for the IndyCar Series Bridgestone Indy Japan 300 Mile on September 18, 2009 at Twin Ring Motegi in Motegi, Japan. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
At some point Scott Dixon is going to capitalize around the 2.3-mile Barber Motorsports Park. He has the best stats at the 17-turn road course despite Team Penske’s dominance. Entering Sunday’s race Team Penske had won every race and pole award at the track just east of Birmingham, Alabama. This weekend Andretti Autosport took a part of that dominance as they won both the pole and race as defending series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay earned his first pole and race victory of the season. The common denominator of all four races at Barber is Scott Dixon, who has finished runner-up in all of them. Dixon once again had the car to win the race. He never ran worse than 10th all day and was dominant all weekend. In fact he broke the track record set by Will Power last year by over three seconds as he set a lap of 1:06.750 in Group 1 of Saturday’s qualifying session. He was up front in all of the practice session and after setting the track record in the first ground started fourth in Sunday’s race. He was in an unfortunate position on the start of the race as Will Power was caught on the outside and Tristian Vautier, Marco Andretti and Justin Wilson bumrushed the front. Dixon who started behind Power had to check up and was in a bad position after the start. The two-time series champ said, “Today was a day of catch up, a big fumble at the start with Will (Power) and it backed the whole line up and we dropped to like sixth or seventh. I think at first I ran the blacks there was a real mismatched set for some reason and it had loads of understeer, I lost eight or more seconds on that one stint. Pulled Charlie (Kimball) back up and then the reds, got stuck behind him and had a fumble in the pits and it was just one of those days where the car was really fast. I think we had the speed to win the race quite happily but we were just playing catch up all day.” After some good pit stops Dixon was in the top five at the end and pounced. He caught up to race winner Hunter-Reay and was within a second in the final 10 laps but couldn’t make the move. Dixon though capitalized on a good points day after finishing fifth in the season opener at St. Pete and now sits nine points behind points leader Helio Castroneves in second heading into Long Beach. The post IndyCar: Scott Dixon bridesmaid once again at Barber appeared first on Race Review Online.
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