The sunshine is beating down, hotter than anticipated on this April weekend, but we are not a group to complain about good weather. The Verizon IndyCar Series has returned to the Streets of Long Beach for the 3rd round of competition this season. Sunday will be the 33rd time the series has contested in the Southern California city.
Scott Dixon is looking for back-to-back wins this weekend, in more ways than one. A win on Sunday would give him consecutive wins at Long Beach as well as in the season itself, as Dixon is fresh off his win in Phoenix 2 weeks ago. The Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix is not only a mouthful to remember, but it marked Dixon’s 39th career win – tying him with Al Unser as 4th on the All-Time Race Winners list.
Dixon’s win here in Long Beach last year was the first time he came out victorious at the street circuit. He put the No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet in the top 10 during both practice sessions today – P10 in the morning and P8 in the afternoon.
“Qualifying is of course so crucial on street circuits so hopefully we make the right changes and get a good starting spot tomorrow for the race.”
Dixon’s best start in Long Beach is P3 and while he mentioned making changes in setup and the need to keep tweaking before qualifying tomorrow – I think it’s fair to say that the No. 9 team might not be showing all their cards this early in the weekend. Keep an eye on him tomorrow. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him secure a front row start.