Super Dixon defeats Penske Quartet at Road America


Scott Dixon took victory at Road America ahead of the quartet of Penske drivers - Credit: Joe Skibinski / IndyCar

Scott Dixon overcame the Team Penske challenge to clinch his first win of the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season at Road America on Sunday, and in doing so extending his advantage at the top of the championship standings.

After locking out the top four places on the grid, Penske drivers were favourites to take victory on Sunday around the Elkhart Lake circuit, but Chip Ganassi Racing’s Dixon had other ideas, moving progressively through the quartet to assume the lead, and when there he was in complete control.

Josef Newgarden ended up being Dixon’s nearest challenger, but despite being on the red-walled tyres for the final stint as opposed to the blacks of Dixon, the American could not do anything about the Kiwi, ending up 0.5779 seconds back, with Penske finishing 2-3-4-5.

Helio Castroneves led the early laps but found himself finishing third as his wait for a return to victory lane continues – his last victory came around the Streets of Detroit back in 2014 – but the veteran Brazilian took his second podium of the season after his runners-up spot at the Indianapolis 500.

Reigning IndyCar champion Simon Pagenaud finished just off the podium, while Will Power recovered to fifth after dropping a few places in the early stages of the race, with the Australian also twice asked by the stewards at Road America to give up positions after being deemed to have blocked them.

Charlie Kimball had a strong race to finish sixth for Chip Ganassi Racing, while Ed Jones’ impressive rookie season continued with a run to seventh for Dale Coyne Racing ahead of Graham Rahal, Max Chilton and Mikhail Aleshin.

There were two caution periods during the race, with Takuma Sato lucky to avoid too much damage when spinning at the Kink at the back of the circuit. The Andretti Autosport racer stalled on track and dropped a lap but was able to recover to the pits and resume.

The same however could not be said of Tony Kanaan, who crashed out at the same corner on lap 44. The Chip Ganassi Racing driver had clipped the rear wheel of Alexander Rossi as the two battled into the corner, damaging his own front wing, and with reduced downforce he went straight to the scene of the accident, ending his day with heavy contact into the wall.

Road America Race Result

POSNO.DRIVERNATTEAMTIME
19Scott DixonNZLChip Ganassi Racing1:47:18.9870
22Josef NewgardenUSATeam Penske+0.5779s
33Helio CastronevesBRZTeam Penske+4.1918s
41Simon PagenaudFRATeam Penske+4.9721s
512Will PowerAUSTeam Penske+5.7227s
683Charlie KimballUSAChip Ganassi Racing+14.7178s
719Ed JonesUAEDale Coyne Racing+21.6338s
815Graham RahalUSARahal Letterman Lanigan Racing+22.2273s
98Max ChiltonGBRChip Ganassi Racing+23.3076s
107Mikhail AleshinRUSSchmidt Peterson Motorsports+24.3586s
1114Carlos MunozCOLAJ Foyt Enterprises+26.1402s
1220Spencer PigotUSAEd Carpenter Racing+33.4983s
1398Alexander RossiUSAAndretti Herta Autosport+38.1370s
1428Ryan Hunter-ReayUSAAndretti Autosport+39.8433s
154Conor DalyUSAAJ Foyt Enterprises+43.1988s
1621JR HildebrandUSAEd Carpenter Racing+1:16.5039s
1718Esteban GutierrezMEXDale Coyne Racing+1:28.4634s
1827Marco AndrettiUSAAndretti Autosport+1 Lap
1926Takuma SatoJAPAndretti Autosport+1 Lap
205James HinchcliffeCANSchmidt Peterson Motorsports+2 Laps
RET10Tony KanaanBRZChip Ganassi RacingRetired