Scott Dixon opens 2012 win account in Detroit

Scott Dixon has scored his first IndyCar victory of 2012

A long afternoon in Detroit with Kiwi Scott Dixon scoring his 28th career IndyCar win at the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix.

Dixon who started from pole beat home Chip Ganassi Racing team-mate Dario Franchitti; reversing last week’s result at the Indianapolis 500.

Championship leader Will Power finished fourth behind Simon Pagenaud, after sitting second in the first segment of the race.

The race was decided in a 13-lap sprint after the original 100-lap journey was slashed to 65 laps after the track broke up. CLICK HERE to read that story.

After a two hour mid-race delay, the green flag flew for the last 13 laps. Then to add to the drama a sprinkle of rain saw a number of cars spinning, including Ryan Briscoe and Helio Castroneves.

Up front Dixon got the jump and Pagenaud moved ahead of Power before the full course caution for Castroneves’s stopped car.

Another re-start, and this time Franchitti moved up on both Power and Pagenaud to take second place.

The final run to the chequered flag was relatively uneventful as Dixon won the race from Franchitti, who started 14th, with Pagenaud in third and Power fourth.

“Sweet a 1-2 in Detroit,” said Dixon.

“A big day for points which helps us immensely on the chase on Will.

“I was worried about Dario on the final re-start as he had the softer tyres. However, we kept it together and got the win.”

 

RESULTS : Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix 

 

Pos

Driver Engine

Difference

Start

1

Scott Dixon Honda

0

1

2

Dario Franchitti Honda

1.9628

14

3

Simon Pagenaud Honda

2.4773

4

4

Will Power Chevrolet

3.5435

2

5

Oriol Servia Chevrolet

9.6619

16

6

Tony Kanaan Chevrolet

10.1676

18

7

Ryan Hunter-Reay Chevrolet

10.6455

6

8

Charlie Kimball Honda

11.1048

20

9

Mike Conway Honda

11.5315

15

10

Alex Tagliani Honda

12.5688

3

11

Marco Andretti Chevrolet

24.5855

22

12

JR Hildebrand Chevrolet

25.0071

19

13

Ed Carpenter Chevrolet

26.6600

21

14

Simona de Silvestro Lotus

28.4369

25

15

Josef Newgarden Honda

1 LAPS

12

16

Ryan Briscoe Chevrolet

1 LAPS

7

17

Helio Castroneves Chevrolet

1 LAPS

8

18

EJ Viso Chevrolet

1 LAPS

5

19

Graham Rahal Honda

2 LAPS

17

20

Takuma Sato Honda

22 LAPS

11

21

James Hinchcliffe Chevrolet

22 LAPS

13

22

Justin Wilson Honda

32 LAPS

10

23

James Jakes Honda

34 LAPS

23

24

Sebastien Bourdais Chevrolet

36 LAPS

9

25

Rubens Barrichello Chevrolet

49 LAPS

24


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