Dixon dominant as Power IndyCar title hopes jolted

A jubilant Scott Dixon after claiming his 40th IndyCar victory at Watkins Glen

A jubilant Scott Dixon after claiming his 40th IndyCar victory at Watkins Glen

Star Kiwi Scott Dixon has completed a clinical display to claim his 40th IndyCar Series win at Watkins Glen.

Chip Ganassi stalwart Dixon mastered a fuel strategy challenge to blitz the field and move to fourth on the all-time IndyCar winning list.

Josef Newgarden (Ed Carpenter Racing) was second, 16.5s adrift, while Helio Castroneves (Team Penske) clinched third after coming in for a splash and dash with three laps remaining.

James Hinchcliffe (Schmidt Peterson Racing) exhausted his fuel tank a few corners from the finish of the 60 lap race, cruelly robbing him of a podium.

As the leading runners were forced into fuel saving mode, Simon Pagenaud lost a couple of positions inside the final 10 laps to finish seventh.

Chief rival Will Power’s race ended on Lap 39 when he had a heavy hit after an incident from the pursuing Charlie Kimball, with the Australian officially classified 20th.

Power was released from the medical centre but will have to undergo a final clearance ahead of the Sonoma finale in two weeks.

Kimball, who eventually finished sixth behind Sebastien Bourdais (KVSH Racing) and fourth-placed Conor Daly (Dale Coyne Racing) was also involved in an incident with Graham Rahal which ended the Texas winner’s race after 19 laps.

Pagenaud has extended his lead in the series to 43 over Power with a total of 104 available at the double points season ender in California.

The French driver was ordered by his engineer Ben Bretzman to save fuel during the final stint, frustrating the driver as he had to drop a couple of positions.

“I certainly I had to save a lot of fuel to finish the last stint without pitting again. I was yelling a bit on the radio saying, ‘I cannot make these numbers guys’.”

The Team Penske pair are now the only drivers in the running for the title.

Dixon, though, was in rare form all weekend, dominating practice, qualifying and the race.

“I think this was a Chevy Pulse or something it was electric. The fuel mileage was amazing,” Dixon said who donated his winnings to the Justin Wilson kids fund.

A broken rear suspension extinguished Tony Kanaan’s title hopes earlier before he finished 19th.

RESULT: Watkins Glen

Pos

SP

Car

Driver

C/A/E/T

Lap

Laps Down

Time Down

Pit Stops

Elapsed Time

Avg Speed

Pts

Running/Reason Out

1

1

9

Scott Dixon

D/C/C/F

60

0

–.—-

3

01:41:39.8592

119.334

54

Running

2

12

21

Josef Newgarden

D/C/C/F

60

0

16.5308

3

01:41:56.3900

119.011

40

Running

3

4

3

Helio Castroneves

D/C/C/F

60

0

21.4417

5

01:42:01.3009

118.916

36

Running

4

17

18

Conor Daly(r)

D/H/H/F

60

0

24.3349

3

01:42:04.1941

118.860

32

Running

5

3

11

Sebastien Bourdais

D/C/C/F

60

0

25.3815

3

01:42:05.2407

118.839

30

Running

6

14

83

Charlie Kimball

D/C/C/F

60

0

29.4268

4

01:42:09.2860

118.761

28

Running

7

7

22

Simon Pagenuad

D/C/C/F

60

0

31.1118

3

01:42:10.9710

118.728

26

Running

8

15

98

Alexander Rossi(r)

D/H/H/F

60

0

32.0710

3

01:42:11.9302

118.710

24

Running

9

11

19

RC Enerson(r)

D/H/H/F

60

0

32.3965

4

01:42:12.2557

118.703

22

Running

10

6

8

Max Chilton(r)

D/C/C/F

60

0

32.9478

4

01:42:12.8070

118.693

20

Running

11

16

26

Carlos Munoz

D/H/H/F

60

0

34.7869

3

01:42:14.6461

118.657

20

Running

12

18

27

Marco Andretti

D/H/H/F

60

0

35.3813

4

01:42:15.2405

118.646

18

Running

13

8

2

Juan Pablo Montoya

D/C/C/F

60

0

37.7024

4

01:42:17.5616

118.601

18

Running

14

19

28

Ryan Hunter-Reay

D/H/H/F

60

0

42.4644

3

01:42:22.3236

118.509

16

Running

15

21

20

Spencer Pigot(r)

D/C/C/F

60

0

45.3829

3

01:42:25.2421

118.453

15

Running

16

9

41

Jack Hawksworth

D/H/H/F

60

0

45.7584

3

01:42:25.6176

118.445

14

Running

17

22

14

Takuma Sato

D/H/H/F

60

0

1:07.4937

4

01:42:47.3529

118.028

13

Running

18

13

5

James Hinchcliffe

D/H/H/F

59

1

3

01:40:27.2362

118.759

13

Running

19

5

10

Tony Kanaan

D/C/C/F

59

1

5

01:42:18.1502

116.613

11

Running

20

2

12

Will Power

D/C/C/F

38

22

2

01:05:46.7513

116.809

11

Contact

21

20

15

Graham Rahal

D/H/H/F

19

41

1

00:32:55.6995

116.672

9

Contact

22

10

7

Mikhail Aleshin

D/H/H/F

14

46

0

00:20:25.9571

138.543

8

Contact

Points standings

1 Simon Pagenaud 555
2 Will Power 512
3 Scott Dixon 451
4 Helio Castroneves 451
5 Josef Newgarden 446
6 Tony Kanaan 427
7 Graham Rahal 403
8 Carlos Munoz 402
9 Charlie Kimball 389
10 James Hinchcliffe 380
11 Alexander Rossi 370
12 Sebastien Bourdais 364
13 Ryan Hunter-Reay 364
14 Juan Pablo Montoya 363
15 Mikhail Aleshin 309
16 Conor Daly 295
17 Marco Andretti 291
18 Takuma Sato 288
19 Max Chilton 239
20 Jack Hawksworth 205
21 Spencer Pigot 149
22 Gabby Chaves 121
23 J.R. Hildebrand 84
24 Oriol Servia 72
25 Ed Carpenter 67
26 Luca Filippi 61
27 Townsend Bell 55
28 Pippa Mann 46
29 Matthew Brabham 37
30 Alex Tagliani 35
31 R.C. Enerson 33
32 Sage Karam 22
33 Bryan Clauson 21
34 Stefan Wilson 14
35 Buddy Lazier 12

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