Dixon whistles to dominant Phoenix triumph

Scott Dixon claims his 39th career win at Phoenix

Scott Dixon claims his 39th career win at Phoenix

IndyCar superstar Scott Dixon unleashed a supreme performance to win the Phoenix Grand Prix.

The New Zealander blistered to victory after 250 laps under the floodlights at the short oval as the Chip Ganassi stalwart was one of only three drivers to lead the race.

In a classic Ganassi/Team Penske dogfight, the four-time IndyCar Series champ defeated Simon Pagenaud and a resurgent Will Power.

The victory realised Dixon’s 39th career win which moves him to equal fourth with Al Unser on the all-time list.

Dixon took up the cudgels just short of 100 laps after Juan Montoya suffered a front right tyre failure.

Montoya had taken over the running after his Penske team-mate and polesitter Helio Castroneves had earlier been taken out of the lead when his right front also failed.

Power had quickly sliced his way high into the top 10 and had shadowed Dixon, however Ganassi’s reigning series champ proved untouchable.

“Right now I’m just so happy for the team. It is the first win for the team at Phoenix,” Dixon said.

“The car was super fast. We got a lot of it done on strategy.

“We definitely had our bad luck at St Pete (opening round in Florida) with our overheating issues.

“It’s IndyCar; it’s tough, but you’ve got to take your points wherever you can.”

After looking competitive throughout Tony Kanaan produced a late race surge for fourth ahead of Graham Rahal and Josef Newgarden.

Max Chilton had an impressive race, his first on an oval in an IndyCar, to finish seventh with Sebastien Bourdais, Juan Montoya and Ryan Hunter-Reay completing the top 10.

Hunter-Reay grazed the wall with less than 10 laps remaining which saw a piece of his wing fly from the car however officials elected not to throw a caution immediately.

The former series and Indy 500 champ pulled off some courageous overtaking moves throughout the race but lucked out during yellow flags, describing his 10th as ‘gut-wrenching’.

With two laps remaining the caution was in fact given, ensuring the race fizzled to an anti-climatic conclusion.

After winning the series opener, Montoya relinquishes the points lead to team-mate Pagenaud with the Colombian slipping to third as Dixon moves into second.

See below full results

1 9 Scott Dixon Dallara/Chevrolet 250 1:49.38.3855
2 22 Simon Pagenaud Dallara/Chevrolet 250 1:49’39.0680 .6825s
3 12 Will Power Dallara/Chevrolet 250 1:49’40.1119 1.7264
4 10 Tony Kanaan Dallara/Chevrolet 250 1:49’40.3444 1.9589
5 15 Graham Rahal Dallara/Honda 250 1:49’40.9127 2.5272
6 21 Josef Newgarden Dallara/Chevrolet 250 1:49’41.1312 2.7457
7 8 Max Chilton Dallara/Chevrolet 250 1:49’41.3769 2.9914
8 11 S.Bourdais Dallara/Chevrolet 250 1:49’42.3346 3.9491
9 2 J.P.Montoya Dallara/Chevrolet 250 1:49’42.8403 4.4548
10 28 Ryan Hunter-Reay Dallara/Honda 250 1:49’43.5998 5.2143
11 3 H.Castroneves Dallara/Chevrolet 250 1:49’46.4179 8.0324
12 83 Charlie Kimball Dallara/Chevrolet 250 1:49’47.7221 9.3366
13 27 Marco Andretti Dallara/Honda 250 1:49’48.4773 10.0918
14 98 Alexander Rossi Dallara/Honda 250 1:49’51.4410 13.0555
15 14 Takuma Sato Dallara/Honda 249 1:49’47.4563 1 Lap
16 18 Conor Daly Dallara/Honda 249 1:49’48.6948 1 Lap
17 7 Mikhail Aleshin Dallara/Honda 248 1:49’44.5653 2 Laps
18 5 J.Hinchcliffe Dallara/Honda 248 1:49’50.9027 2 Laps
19 41 Jack Hawksworth Dallara/Honda 246 1:49’50.1077 4 Laps
20 19 Luca Filippi Dallara/Honda 243 1:49’52.2000 7 Laps
21 20 Ed Carpenter Dallara/Chevrolet 195 1:23’59.1250 Contact
22 26 Carlos Muñoz Dallara/Honda 116 46’33.8372 Contact

Points standings

Pos

Driver

Points

1

Simon Pagenaud

83

2

Scott Dixon

79

3

Juan Pablo Montoya

74

4

Ryan Hunter-Reay

56

5

Tony Kanaan

54

6

Hélio Castroneves

53

7

Graham Rahal

44

8

Mikhail Aleshin

43

9

Takuma Sato

43

10

Max Chilton

39

11

Charlie Kimball

38

12

Josef Newgarden

36

13

Will Power

35

14

Alexander Rossi

34

15

Sébastien Bourdais

33

16

Carlos Muñoz

32

17

Marco Andretti

32

18

Conor Daly

32

19

Jack Hawksworth

30

20

James Hinchcliffe

23

21

Luca Filippi

20

22

Spencer Pigot

16

23

Oriol Servià

13

24

Ed Carpenter

9

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