Dixon Banks $100,000 Double-Up Bonus
Dixon drove two slow-paced caution laps to take the checkered flag completing an unbelievable three wins in eight days and a doubleheader sweep.
“I think Toronto’s always been a place I’ve wanted to win at,” Dixon said. “We’ve eluded it many times. I think my first race here might have been in 1999 in Indy Lights or 2000. We had a bit of a vacation from this place for four or five years when Champ Car and IndyCar weren’t running here.
“I love this place. The town is a lot of fun. The fans are knowledgeable and love what we do. It’s great to see the excitement they had here all weekend. The promoters I think did a great job to have so many different things going on for different people. It wasn’t just for racing. There were other forms of entertainment. It’s good to see people actually get it and put on a great show for everyone.”
Two days of back-to-back races in high heat and humidity left the drivers exhausted but with the ease of Dixon’s victories he barely broke a sweat.
“The weekend for us just went really smoothly, from practice when we didn’t show our speed, went to new tires late, then there was a caution,” Dixon recalled. “I started fifth in race one. Q2, we got the pole. Both cars have been good all weekend. The 10 car (Franchitti) used its tires up a little quicker throughout the race, on reds especially, which I think cost us a little bit on both days. We’ll get to the bottom of that and have both cars performing their best coming up to the next few races here.
“Today’s standing start, I think everybody was nervous. I was waiting for another waved-off start. I think once we had the drivers meeting this morning, they said if it was waved off, they were going to keep doing it until they got it right.
“I got a decent start. Saw Helio coming. I pushed the overtake, started to get going again.
“Apart from that, the day went smoothly. The car was good on tires. I had some in reserve. It was nice to save some fuel and look after the tires. Everybody time we did a pit stop, it seemed we would pick up three or four seconds.
“Getting close to the finish of the race, you expect a lot of cautions. They started to come. We were in the right place at the right time.
“It worked out perfectly.”
So perfect, in fact, that Dixon has the momentum in the race for the series championship but Castroneves continues to have the lead after his second-place finish.
“Well, both Scott Dixon and Ryan Hunter-Reay are champions,” Castroneves said. “I think they’ve been there. We just got to keep focused on our work. I’m not worried less or more because it’s Scott. The same thing was with Ryan. They’re both on great teams.
“But I trust my guys. I know we have the best equipment, the best guys out there. We know what we capable. That’s what we’re focused on at this point
“I want this championship as bad as anybody, especially having those guys behind me, I have that chance. When you put yourself in this position, I’m going to fight as much as I can.”