Dixon scores blistering Texas IndyCar victory

Straight shooter ... Scott Dixon completes a crushing win for Chip Ganassi Racing at Texas Motor Speedway

Straight shooter … Scott Dixon completes a crushing win for Chip Ganassi Racing at Texas Motor Speedway

Kiwi superstar Scott Dixon produced a clinical drive to post a crushing victory the Firestone 600 IndyCar race at Texas Motor Speedway.

Dixon received the chequered flag after 248 laps having almost 8s to spare over his Ganassi team-mate Tony Kanaan.

Helio Castroneves was third ahead of his Team Penske team-mate and series leader Juan Montoya.

Dixon took the race by the throat after it had been earlier dominated by Simon Pagenaud and then by Kanaan.

Ganassi’s strategy proved the ace card by ordering high downforce as the Team Penske runners headed by polesitter Will Power elected to trim out with minimal aero.

Power, who brushed the wall coming out of Turn 4 with 50 laps remaining, was never a factor from the outset, eventually finishing 13th.

Dixon admitted that his crew were unsure what downforce to run for the race which saw its only caution period after 83 laps for debris.

“We were not sure on what downforce to run. Big credit to the team,” Dixon said, who realised Ganassi’s 99th IndyCar race victory.

“We were struggling with the downforce early on but I’m over the moon.”

The clean race saw the top five runners remain on the lead lap at the finish with Marco Andretti claiming fifth in the Honda-powered Andretti Autosport machine.

Carlos Munoz, the Race 1 winner from Detroit, was sixth ahead of Ganassi’s Charlie Kimball.

Australian Ryan Briscoe, filling-in for James Hinchcliffe, did a super job in the Schmidt-Peterson Honda, finishing eighth after running as high as fourth after starting 19th.

Honda runners James Jakes and Gabby Chaves completed the top 10 in what was the 12th fastest race in IndyCar Series history.

Penske’s Pagenaud who had looked strong at the front for  much of the first 70 laps, finished 11th.

The disappointing season for Carpenter/Fisher/Hartman Racing continued with Ed Carpenter’s retirement with an engine problem after 147 laps.

Team-mate Josef Newgarden, the Alabama race winner, was forced out with what was believed to be a similar problem two laps later.

See below for full results

Pos Car # Driver Manufacturer Laps Running / Reason Out
1 9 Scott Dixon Chevrolet 248 Running
2 10 Tony Kanaan Chevrolet 248 Running
3 3 Helio Castroneves Chevrolet 248 Running
4 2 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevrolet 248 Running
5 27 Marco Andretti Honda 248 Running
6 26 Carlos Munoz Honda 247 Running
7 83 Charlie Kimball Chevrolet 247 Running
8 5 Ryan Briscoe Honda 247 Running
9 7 James Jakes Honda 247 Running
10 98 Gabby Chaves (R) Honda 246 Running
11 22 Simon Pagenaud Chevrolet 246 Running
12 8 Sage Karam (R) Chevrolet 245 Running
13 1 Will Power Chevrolet 244 Running
14 11 Sebastien Bourdais Chevrolet 244 Running
15 15 Graham Rahal Honda 243 Running
16 14 Takuma Sato Honda 243 Running
17 18 Pippa Mann Honda 242 Running
18 28 Ryan Hunter-Reay Honda 241 Running
19 4 Stefano Coletti (R) Chevrolet 239 Running
20 19 Tristan Vautier Honda 156 Mechanical
21 67 Josef Newgarden Chevrolet 149 Mechanical
22 20 Ed Carpenter Chevrolet 146 Mechanical
23 41 Jack Hawksworth Honda 62 Mechanical

Points standings

Pos

Driver

Points

1

Juan Pablo Montoya

348

2

Will Power

313

3

Scott Dixon

305

4

Hélio Castroneves

286

5

Graham Rahal

261

6

Marco Andretti

255

7

Sébastien Bourdais

244

8

Josef Newgarden

215

9

Tony Kanaan

215

10

Charlie Kimball

214

11

Simon Pagenaud

213

12

Carlos Muñoz

208

13

Ryan Hunter-Reay

183

14

Takuma Sato

180

15

James Jakes

155

16

Gabby Chaves

153

17

Jack Hawksworth

135

18

James Hinchcliffe

129

19

Luca Filippi

120

20

Stefano Coletti

115

21

Sage Karam

95

22

Simona de Silvestro

66

23

Tristan Vautier

65

24

Conor Daly

63

25

Ryan Briscoe

60

26

J.R. Hildebrand

57

27

Sebastian Saavedra

47

28

Francesco Dracone

38

29

Townsend Bell

32

30

Carlos Huertas

31

31

Pippa Mann

29

32

Alex Tagliani

27

33

Rodolfo González

27

34

Justin Wilson

25

35

Ed Carpenter

18

36

Oriol Servià

10

36

Bryan Clauson

10

36

James Davison

10

 

 

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