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 hes behind the wheel: easy.

Poles better

Its definitely not, said the New Zealander, wholl start third in Sundays Honda Indy. I dont really pay attention to records, its 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. Its 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 whos paying the bills,

Most of the time its kind of managing the situation, he said. If you dont have the fastest car out there and youre 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, Dixons 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

Im 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. Its easy to make mistakes with the overall level of competition, when youre trying to push so hard, it can all be taken away from you.


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