Dixon keeps streak alive

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:25 AM ET

They key to any great athlete is making it look easy.

And with a series record 43-consecutive top 10-starts, Scott Dixon is making these qualifying sessions look routine.

Road courses, ovals, they all seem the same when he’s behind the wheel: easy.

Poles better

“It’s definitely not,” said the New Zealander, who’ll start third in Sunday’s Honda Indy. “I don’t really pay attention to records, it’s nice to have some of them, but it would be nicer to have 43 poles.

“It just shows how versatile the team is and how we can be good at pretty much any circuit they throw at us. It’s hopefully something we can carry on for a while.”

The Target Chip Ganassi team has deep pockets, meaning they have the best cars and the best technology, which counts for a lot, but going 43 races without qualifying outside the top 10 is a remarkable measure of consistency no matter who’s paying the bills,

“Most of the time it’s kind of managing the situation,” he said. “If you don’t have the fastest car out there and you’re not going to be P1, you have to be P6, or P2.”

Still, in a sport that spends the entire day on the edge of a razor, Dixon’s been able to dodge the minefield of spin outs, accidents and competitor mistakes that can derail a session in the blink of an eye.

Avoid mistakes

“I’m not going to dismiss (the accomplishment), look at Tony Kanaan spinning out on the first qualifying session. Things like that can throw wildcards at you and definitely hurt you. It’s easy to make mistakes with the overall level of competition, when you’re trying to push so hard, it can all be taken away from you.”


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