After initially lashing out at rival driver Will Power and IndyCar officials following the crash that took him out of contention at the Baltimore IndyCar race, Scott Dixon has since apologised to all he insulted and instead blames the wall that impacted with his car.
“That was really irresponsible of the wall,” Dixon told ESPN this evening following the race, “We’re just cruising along, trying to restart the race and then WHAM! The wall just leaps out, grabs my car and smashes it against it. Mum always told me that if I didn’t look where I was going things would jump out and attack me, and that’s clearly what happened today.”
The incident, which occurred when the Kiwi tried to overtake Australian Will Power at the restart was initially viewed as reckless driving by Power, but Dixon insists that wasn’t the case.
“I don’t blame Will at all,” Dixon said. “The reality is he couldn’t have known that my car was about to be attacked by the wall. I mean it’s not like we’ve got mirrors to see who’s coming up behind us, they’re just for checking out how sick our helmets look, I am right?”
Dixon also apologised to IndyCar Beaux Barfield, who didn’t let Dixon’s car get recovered so he could rejoin the race.
“It’s not Beaux’s fault that he’s got to live his life in the shadow of Formula 1’s Charlie Whiting,” Dixon said. “With the pressure of being only the second best steward in the world, in a racing formula that only Americans watch, it’s not surprising he doesn’t know how to enforce IndyCar’s own rules.”