INDIANAPOLIS (WTWO/WAWV) – Scott Dixon will lead the field to green for Sunday 106th running of the Indianapolis 500. It’s the 5th time in his career he’s earned the honor, converting it into his lone win in the race in 2008. “It’s exciting I think for us it was probably not a huge amount of emphasis on trying to get the pole this year I guess we haven’t had a tremendous conversion rate you know the four that we had previously you know only won once which was the first one in 2008 but it’s very prestigious and and obviously I’m very proud to lead the field to the green,” Dixon said.
Last year’s winner Helio Castroneves will start 27th but that doesn’t worry the four time champion. “I feel confident with the car with the race car it feels very good balance yeah we’re going to have a little more work to do because we’re starting from the back I ain’t afraid of any hard work so it will be fun,” he said.
Meanwhile 2016 champion Alexander Rossi will start 20th and says they will play the long game in terms of strategy. It’s going to be a race of using all 500 miles for us starting from 20th so we’re certainly going to have to take our time be methodical about what we’re doing and how we approach the race but yeah I mean I think Andretti Autosports has done a good job with our cars this month and I think we have a good shot at it on Sunday,” he said. The 106th running of the Indianapolis 500 will air on WTWO on Sunday starting at 11 am ET.