The crew of four-time Verizon IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon faced off against James Hinchcliffe’s Schmidt Peterson Motorsports squad in the three-race final round of the pit stop competition at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and came away victorious thanks to the quick work of No. 9 team.
Dixon got a bye into the quarterfinals, allowing him to skip Round 1, which consisted only of a single race between Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden and Dreyer & Reinbold Racing’s Sage Karam.
Dixon and his crew battled against Chip Ganassi Racing stablemate Ed Jones and the No. 10 team in the quarterfinal round and won by 5.587 seconds. Jones overshot his tire changers, leading to a longer stop and allowing Dixon to easily advance to the semifinal round.
With the crews of Newgarden, Robert Wickens and Graham Rahal eliminated in the quarterfinals, Dixon and his group faced off against Alexander Rossi’s No. 27 crew in the semifinals. While not as definitive as his quarterfinal performance, Dixon’s 12.658-second stop bested Rossi by 1.012 seconds, advancing Dixon to the finals.
Hinchcliffe’s SPM crew made it to the final round with faster stops than Wickens in the quarterfinals and Will Power in the semifinals. Despite both making it out of the round, Hinchcliffe’s semifinal performance was nearly a full second slower than Dixon’s.
The finals pitted the two Honda teams against each other in a best-of-three format with the cars switching lanes each race. Dixon’s Ganassi crew came out on top in the first race with a stop 1.35 seconds quicker than the No. 5 team. In the second race, Hinchcliffe’s group prevailed with a performance that bested the No. 9 team by 0.488 seconds.
With one win each, the last race in the finals determined the winner of the pit stop competition. Dixon’s crew delivered a 11.943-second stop, 0.552 seconds quicker than Hinchcliffe’s 12.495 seconds, to place the victory in the hands of Ganassi rather than the modest SPM effort.
With a final one-hour practice session being completed before the pit stop competition as another Carb Day tradition, the next appearance for IndyCar will be for the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 itself. After live television coverage opens on ABC at 11 a.m. EDT on Sunday, May 27, the green flag will fly at 12:21 p.m.