Dixon wins IndyCar Series race at Road America

Steve Ottman
Review Correspondent


SCOTT DIXON leads a group of racers out of turn six in Sunday’s Kohler Grand Prix at Road America. Dixon won the IndyCar Series race. – Photo by Mike McGill SCOTT DIXON leads a group of racers out of turn six in Sunday’s Kohler Grand Prix at Road America. Dixon won the IndyCar Series race. – Photo by Mike McGill ELKHART LAKE – Fourtime Verizon IndyCar Series Champion Scott Dixon of New Zealand claimed his first victory of the season at the Kohler Grand Prix Sunday at Road America.

Chip Ganassi driver Dixon held off four Team Penske drivers to pick up his 41stt career win with a .58-second lead over second-place driver Josef Newgarden.

Earlier in the day, Dixon didn’t even know if he would race – citing that his Chip Ganassi Racing crew worked hard all morning to fix a fuel pressure problem.

“I didn’t think I would be here,” said Dixon. “I give huge credit to my Honda team to get me to the winner’s circle for the first time this year.

Dixon, the overall points leader, has had a number of secondplace finishes without a win this year.

“I’m glad to be on top of those guys (Team Penske),” Dixon reby marked. “Penske has had a great team to beat. They’re always the team to beat.”

Team Penske qualified 1-4 with driver Helio Castroneves winning the pole position, Will Power started second, Newgarden was third and Simon Pagenaud fourth.

Castroneves finished third, followed by teammates Pagenaud fourth and Power, fifth.

Newgarden passed Castroneves on lap 20 and led for 10 laps until a restart after Indy 500 Race winner Takuma Sato crashed.

The leaders were on different tires for the restart. Newgarden was on black primaries while Dixon had the red alternate tires.

Dixon raced Newgarden hard into turn one and made a bold move to pass him.

Another crash by Tony Kanaan brought the caution flag on lap 46.

Dixon was able to keep Newgarden behind him for the final seven laps of the 55-lap race.

“This stings a little bit,” said Newgarden who had his first podium at Road America. “I had a good running car and we didn’t get the cautions to fall our way. I wasn’t able to get a good restart on the primary tires and Dixon was hard to pass.”

Newgarden said that Road America is his favorite place to drive, being the longest road course for the IndyCar Series.

Castroneves was unable to attend the post-race interview due to being treated for dehydration.

A spokesperson for Road America said that the IndyCar Series would return again next year.


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