IndyCar 2017 – Dixon gets redemption at Road America

Henry Kelsall

Scott Dixon had endured a tough few weeks since his horror Indy 500 crash. But in the latest act of the Verizon IndyCar series, he got his redemption at one of the most fierce tracks on the calendar.

Scott Dixon hasn’t had the best couple of months. A horrific crash at the Indy 500 and another whilst battling for the lead in the final laps at Texas probably didn’t leave the Kiwi in the best of moods. A second place and eighth in Detroit were the only consolation for those accidents. Yet somehow Dixon leads the championship despite not winning a race…that was until Road America.

The IndyCar paddock entered the race at the famous circuit certain of a Penske whitewash. They had locked out 1-4 on the grid and the Chevrolet powered team looked to be in control and they were indeed at the start. But Dixon who had qualified P5 got in the mix to run in the top four of the race. The Penske duel saw Josef Newgarden take Helio Castroneves for the lead after their respective pitstops. Through great strategy and pace, Dixon also got into his stride to be in P2 and challenge Newgarden throughout. Two cautions saw Takuma Sato and Tony Kanaan exit stage left from the race and it was at the restart for the formers accident that saw Dixon sweep around the outside at turn one, in a replica move to what Newgarden himself put on Castroneves.

 

It left Dixon to put in a Dixon performance of old, suprising everyone by taking an emphatic win over the Penske drivers, despite intense late race pressure from Newgarden. It was a great surprise to many that Dixon had yet to win a race all year, and even more surprising that he was able to lead the championship without that elusive victory. But despite those accidents and a sore foot, Dixon has fired a warning shot to the rest of the pack. Because if he can keep winning, it will be very hard for the opposition to stop him.

 

Simon Pagenaud for Penske and Castroneves are still within striking distance of Dixon in the championship, the former moving up to P2 in the championship thanks to P4 in the race at Road America. Newgarden, Sato. Will Power and Graham Rahal are all in contention as well despite a tricky weekend for Rahal and Sato. Eight winners have taken wins in the 10 races so far this year.

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