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Sunday’s GoPro Grand Prix at Sonoma was a farce. I hesitate to call it a race. Dixon said Power’s tire changer made a “dick move” during the final pit stop, and I’ll get to that. However, Sunday’s race was punctuated with a multitude of phallic actions. There were more dick moves in Sunday’s “race” than a porno film.
It’s Monday morning, and unless you work for or worship Chip the Hutt, you’re probably pretty clear that Dixon was in the wrong and he cut through Power’s pit stall and striking a tire carried by one of Power’s crew. The crew guy took a tumble onto another crew member, resembling a Three Stooges outtake. Fortunately, all are healthy and only some scrapes and bruises.
Dixon got the hashtag #DickMove trending after the race yesterday when he told Kevin Lee, “That was a bit of a dick move right there, to be honest.” That one sentence fragment set fans ablaze, and the Twitterati started questioning the family lineage of the opposition almost immediately.
Here’s a transcript of Dixon’s words as he watched the replay for the first time, live on NBC Sports Network, with Kevin’s microphone in his face:
“This is the first time I’ve seen it. See, he’s walking straight into our car. You can see where the other car is. He’s walked toward us on purpose. Ummm. That’s probably the most blatant thing I’ve seen in a long time. If you watch most pit guys, they try to get out of the way of other people, so that was a bit of a dick move right there, to be honest. So, I’m pretty annoyed with that. You know, we had a strong car all day and if that’s the way they want to try and win, you know, that’s pretty bad.” — Scott Dixon, #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing
As a Monday Morning crew chief, it’s easy to know that Dixon simply didn’t know all the details, as all he saw was the replay on Kevin’s jerk-cam. Drivers don’t know all the details of an incident when they first get out of the car, and I don’t think it’s fair to expect him to. However, there’s one important detail missing from Dixie’s initial interview. He did not express any concern for the crew member that was struck. Instead, Scott infers that the tire changer intentionally entered the path of the 9 car. That right there is a dick move.
We all know racing is dangerous, and not just for the drivers. Pit crews, journalists, marshalls and even fans are always at risk under race conditions. The hazards for anyone at a motorsports event are numerous. Accidents cause car parts to go wherever the forces direct them. Equipment gets loose. Shoot, the dust kicked up at a track Sonoma when someone drops a wheel can sandblast anyone nearby.
IndyCar, like other top-level racing series is a travelling circus. Everyone knows most everyone else involved, from the drivers and teams to the sponsors, the Holmatro Safety Crew, the media, officials, and so on. It’s a pretty close-knit community, and it transcends teams and even the series. Racers tend to look out for one another. And Dixon didn’t say a damn thing about the crew guy he nearly hit. Whether or not Dixon felt he was at fault, there should have been some measure of concern for a member of the IndyCar traveling circus.
I like Scott Dixon, although I’m not so enamored with his boss. Scott is a genuinely nice guy, and I don’t believe for a second that he doesn’t feel for Power’s tire guy. I’m positive that he is glad there is nothing major. I’d expect that Scott will take him out for a beer or something. He is that nice a guy. However, not expressing any concern for an incident? Sorry, Scott. That’s the dick move of the race, and you’re the one who made it.