Scott Dixon says he's close to a first race win of the season, as he prepares to line-up for another Indianapolis 500.
The 42-year-old will be at the start line this weekend, looking to add to his single win there, fifteen years ago.
At the drivers' garages, there's a sense of 'calm' days out from the biggest race on the IndyCar calendar.
In the Chip Ganassi depot, Dixon oversees the final touches. Twenty years in the game and he's still ready to roar.
"[I'm] always excited to be back here," he told Newshub. "To be one of 33 to start this race, and have another chance at trying to win."
Dixon arrived at the Brickyard seventh in the standings. He's managed four top-10 finishes, but hasn't stood on top of the podium yet this year.
A collision forced him to retire from last month's Grand Prix of Long Beach.
"I think the year's started really well - as far as performance," he continued. "The points don't really show it unfortunately.
"If we hadn't had our crash at Long Beach, we'd be sitting second or third in [the] points.
"Nothing's kind of clicked yet to get us to that win."
But this weekend is all about winning.
There's no doubt Dixon is one of the greatest IndyCar drivers of all time, but he's only managed a solitary victory here at the Indy500.
Last year he led for almost half the race, but it wasn't to be. A devastating time penalty saw him fall to the back of the pack, finishing in 21st.
But Sunday (local time) presents a new opportunity, one alongside fellow Kiwi, Scott McLaughlin.
Dixon said he's hopeful more Kiwi drivers can reach the heights of motorsport in the US.
"They dominate, man," he added. "You see it all the time.
"Whether it's in Formula E, or in world endurance racing, to Formula One.
"It's a passion for me, because that's where I came from."
And it's where Kiwi motorsport fans will be watching from, early Monday morning, as Scott Dixon looks to write yet another chapter into the New Zealand sporting history books.2023-05-26T07:01:59Z dg43tfdfdgfd