Franchitti, who works with each Palou and Dixon in his function as driver advisor at Chip Ganassi Racing, says that the working relationship between them this 12 months has been key to Palou’s outstanding first season with the staff.
Franchitti gained three of his titles with Ganassi and Dixon was his teammate all through his five-year stint there.
Palou goes into the collection finale on the streets of the Californian metropolis main by 35 factors over Arrow McLaren SP’s Pato O’Ward. Dixon misplaced his mathematical probability of retaining the title after a Thirteenth-place end at Laguna Seca, following his conflict with a spinning Takuma Sato on the Corkscrew.
“When Scott and I had been teammates right here, we had been usually each going for the title, I feel it was just one 12 months that we weren’t each combating for it,” Franchitti instructed Autosport.
“And Scott was the right wingman for that. He mentioned ‘I’ve bought your again’ and he actually did. I feel he’s already mentioned [to Palou] ‘No matter you want, I’m there,’ and that’s nice.
“Scott’s been good with Alex all 12 months. He’s been serving to him, he’s not been holding something again. That’s really shocked me, there’s not been any saved secrets and techniques. All people is displaying their fingers, which is good and it’s nice for the staff.”
Franchitti describes Dixon because the “quarterback of this staff,” and mirrored on the magnitude of his misfortune in 2021.
“He’s simply had some horrendous luck this 12 months,” mentioned Franchitti of Dixon.
“I feel he has benefited from having Alex within the staff, as a result of it’s been some time since he’s had somebody actually pushing him from inside constantly.
“Up to now, loads of the strain right here has simply fallen proper on Scott. However he’s only a machine. He desires to drive racing automobiles and he desires to win. There’s no slowing down with him.”
After changing Felix Rosenqvist at CGR, Palou has gained three races in his first season with the staff – and solely his second 12 months within the collection – and wishes solely to complete eleventh in Lengthy Seaside to be assured of the title, no matter O’Ward’s end result.
Franchitti added that Palou’s addition has rejuvenated the #10 automobile’s staff members this 12 months.
“One other factor with Alex is that he’s bought Julian Robertson [race engineer] on the automobile, who goes all the best way again to engineering Jimmy Vasser [Ganassi’s first Indy car champion in 1996].
“Having Alex within the automobile has re-energised him, and given a brand new lease of life to the #10 group, together with Ricky Davis the crew chief.”