Dixon grabs first win of season

Kiwi driver Scott Dixon wins his first IndyCar race of the season, at Grand Prix Road America.

Dixon picked up his first victory in four starts at Road America, a favorite stop among drivers.

First, his Chip Ganassi Racing team had to fix a faulty fuel cell on the No. 9 Honda that provided nervous moments during warmups Sunday.

The victory, the 41st of his career, continued Dixon's strong recovery from his horror crash at the Indy 500 on May 28.

Scott Dixon has won his first race of the IndyCar Series season.

Dixon found himself in the reverse position to Newgarden during a restart with nine laps to go, but used all of his experience to hold off the challenge.

Penske still had a pretty good day, with pole-sitter Helio Castroneves following teammate Newgarden in third place. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.

Starting fifth on the grid behind the four Penske cars - Dixon showcased his race craft in a dominant display, that included some brilliant passing manouevres to storm to his first victory of the season.

Another is the chase for the title with Dixon now building a 34-point cushion on reigning champ Pagenaud for the top spot on the leaderboard.

Two more Penske drivers will start in the second row after Josef Newgarden finished third and Simon Pagenaud came in fourth.

Penske drivers have also turned in the fast practice times all weekend.

"We didn't even know if (the engine) was going to run in the race", Dixon said afterward.

Dixon took the victory lap, finishing off a day that started with fuel pressure issues during warmups.

"Toward the end I thought it was a straight up battle, I thought it was going to be tough", Dixon said. The 300-lap race on the 0.894-mile oval airs live at 5 p.m. ET July 9 on NBCSN and the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network.

"Dixon was fast", said Newgarden, who led 13 laps.

"Just an ill-timed caution", Newgarden said.

There was much to celebrate this week for the team, which was marking the 25th anniversary of president Mike Hull joining Ganassi.

Barring Hélio Castroneves' breaking his three-year winless streak or another Ryan Hunter-Reay Iowa upset, it seems that IndyCar's contender pool has made itself fully known with seven races remaining on the schedule. Newgarden is the defending champion at the almost mile-long track.

"It's not what I expected, I'm just so pleased for the whole team".

  • Julie Sanders