Scott Dixon surges to maiden Long Beach victory

Scott Dixon takes a comfortable victory at Long Beach to keep Penske drivers Helio Castroneves and Juan Montoya at bay

Scott Dixon takes a comfortable victory at Long Beach to keep Penske drivers Helio Castroneves and Juan Montoya at bay

Kiwi superstar Scott Dixon scorched to his first win in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach in round three of the IndyCar Series.

Dixon prevailed after solidly managing the race at the front to stave off Penske’s pole winner Helio Castroneves in the 80-lap race

It moves him to fourth on the overall list of most victories after registering his 36th in America’s premier open-wheel class.

Juan Montoya managed to survive after a sustained attack from his Penske team-mate Simon Pagenaud to claim the final podium position.

Pagenaud’s constant sniping at Montoya, who was struggling for rear grip, drew in Ganassi’s Tony Kanaan who loomed strongly in the closing laps but had to settle for fifth.

Dixon, who has recorded three series wins and an Indy 500, was ecstatic at finally claiming what proved to be an elusive triumph in the time-honoured street race.

“I still can’t believe we won here at Long Beach,” Ganassi stalwart Dixon said.

“It’s such a memorable and such a worthy track. I’m just so stoked.”

Sebastien Bourdais (KV Racing) was also able to close up on the leaders before finishing hard on the heels of Kanaan in sixth.

Josef Newgarden, Marco Andretti, Carlos Munoz and Sebastian Saavedra filled the remainder of the top 10.

Andretti was the first of the Honda-powered runners home with Chevrolet blocking out the top seven positions.

After starting 18th Will Power’s race saw any chance of climbing up the order crushed when he stalled on the pit entry when an early caution was called for debris on the track.

Power, the reigning series champion, eventually endured a miserable race to finish 20th.

Montoya maintains his lead in the series albeit by a slender three-point margin over Castroneves.

IndyCar moves to its third consecutive race weekend at Barber Motorsports Park, Alabama, for round 4 of the series this weekend.

See below for full results

1

Scott Dixon

Dallara/Chevrolet

80

1:37:35.23

2

Hélio Castroneves

Dallara/Chevrolet

80

2.22

3

Juan Pablo Montoya

Dallara/Chevrolet

80

13.48

4

Simon Pagenaud

Dallara/Chevrolet

80

13.73

5

Tony Kanaan

Dallara/Chevrolet

80

14.62

6

Sébastien Bourdais

Dallara/Chevrolet

80

15.08

7

Josef Newgarden

Dallara/Chevrolet

80

18.83

8

Marco Andretti

Dallara/Honda

80

33.94

9

Carlos Muñoz

Dallara/Honda

80

34.95

10

Sebastian Saavedra

Dallara/Chevrolet

80

35.53

11

Graham Rahal

Dallara/Honda

80

37.46

12

James Hinchcliffe

Dallara/Honda

80

38.77

13

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Dallara/Honda

80

40.33

14

Jack Hawksworth

Dallara/Honda

80

41.27

15

Charlie Kimball

Dallara/Chevrolet

80

44.38

16

Gabby Chaves

Dallara/Honda

80

46.65

17

Conor Daly

Dallara/Honda

80

50.05

18

Takuma Sato

Dallara/Honda

80

53.80

19

James Jakes

Dallara/Honda

80

1:39.79

20

Will Power

Dallara/Chevrolet

79

1 Lap

21

Francesco Dracone

Dallara/Honda

78

2 Laps

22

Luca Filippi

Dallara/Chevrolet

77

3 Laps

23

Stefano Coletti

Dallara/Chevrolet

69

11 Laps

Championship points after three rounds

1

Juan Pablo Montoya

119

2

Hélio Castroneves

116

3

Tony Kanaan

93

4

Scott Dixon

87

5

James Hinchcliffe

83

6

Will Power

80

7

Simon Pagenaud

73

8

Sébastien Bourdais

66

9

Josef Newgarden

66

10

Graham Rahal

62

11

Marco Andretti

61

12

Carlos Muñoz

56

13

James Jakes

54

14

Ryan Hunter-Reay

51

15

Luca Filippi

50

16

Jack Hawksworth

48

17

Simona de Silvestro

44

18

Gabby Chaves

42

19

Charlie Kimball

40

20

Takuma Sato

37

21

Stefano Coletti

30

22

Sage Karam

23

23

Francesco Dracone

23

24

Sebastian Saavedra

20

25

Carlos Huertas

20

26

Conor Daly

13

 

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