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Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsDefaultsDoneClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. Scott Dixon didn’t get the start to the season he wanted — a 15th-place finish March 29 at the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg — but the three-time Verizon IndyCar Series champion is focused on getting back in form this weekend at the inaugural Grand Prix of Louisiana at NOLA Motorsports Park near New Orleans. USA TODAY Sports’ Jeff Olson caught up with Dixon:Q: The Instagram photo of you and your daughters with the racecar has been called the cutest thing about the St. Pete weekend. Do you enjoy having them at the track? Does it help ease the intensity of the task at hand?A: It’s nice in the fact that you can have separation. Your concentration when you’re at the track and racing is intense. It’s nice to have some disconnect. After a long day you can go to dinner and hang out with the kids and talk to them about something that’s totally different. You’re not constantly racking your mind on this stuff, especially when you’re having a bad weekend. It’s nice to have that break. I love it, man. It’s cool to see them before I get in the car and when I get out of it. They loving coming to the races. There are so many other kids there now that they get to see, and at St. Pete they get to catch up with Oliver and Sebastian, Dan (Wheldon) and Susie’s kids. I love it. Q: It wasn’t the outcome you expected, but were you encouraged by (Chip Ganassi Racing) teammate Tony Kanaan’s third-place finish?A: Yeah. We’d done zero street-course tire testing, so I don’t think we hit the ground running as we would expect. I made a few mistakes in qualifying that threw us out of the Fast Six. We knew we weren’t as good as Penske, but we were there as the next best thing. Tony did a hell of a job to salvage a podium and get a good weekend out of it. For me, St. Pete can typically be one of my weaker events. In the past it’s been quite dreadful at points, so we’re excited to get to NOLA, Long Beach, Barber and the Indy road course before we get to the hectic 500.MILESTONE WATCH: Scott Dixon vs. Tony KanaanQ: Are you concerned about the debris issue? Is there something that can be done to address it?A: The problem right now is that there’s more stuff to break off, especially on the Honda. I’m not surprised — with it being the first race — that it went down that way. Typically that can be quite a physical race. I think we saw more of it because there are more wings to break. But as drivers go through the year and go to different races, that will definitely change. The last thing you want to do is wreck your car and go to the back of the field because you had to change a wing. I think it will evolve. Obviously some of the courses we go to aren’t as prone to damage, so those instances won’t be as dramatic or have the same consequences as St. Pete. I was kind of expecting it to go that way, but people will make adjustments to take some of it away, at least.HONDA: Reinforcing aero kits after debris issuesCHEVY: Aero kit front wing will get workThree-time IndyCar champion Scott Dixon greets fans in Lexington, Ohio, last August. (AP)Q: With the added downforce, is tire degradation the issue that some people thought it would be?A: Tire deg is slightly less, but only a small amount, due to the fact that the downforce looks after the tires a little bit more. In St. Pete we didn’t see much difference. Maybe at Barber and some of the road courses we might see more of it, but I think it will be quite similar to last year in the way the tires fall off during the course of a run.Q&A: Simona de SilvestroQ: You’ve known Juan Pablo Montoya for a long time, but what’s it like to have have him back in the series and winning races?A: It’s great, obviously. He’s a big name, but he’s also a hell of a competitor. He’s great for the sport in many ways. For him to come back and win races, that’s the name of the game. That’s what keeps him rolling, and that’s why Penske employs him. It was good to see him win in St. Pete. He drove a hell of a race. It was going to be tough to beat any of the Penske guys, but it was good to see Montoya back on top.