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Scott Dixon wins IndyCar’s first race in a while in the Desert

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Scott Dixon has won the Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix race at Phoenix International Raceway. Dixon completed the 250 mile laps first.

This was the first race at Phoenix International Raceway after an 11-year absence. It’s also his 39th career win, which is fourth all-time with Al Unser.

“The biggest thing was just maintaining,” Dixon said. “I was trying to keep pace of who was in back and front and I was just trying to figure out what we needed and try to put ourselves in the right position toward the end. I can’t give Team Target enough credit. They did an amazing job. The pit stops were flawless and we stretched out the fuel where we needed to and managed to put some good cars laps down early on.

“So I think it was good race and a good start for us coming back to Phoenix for the first time. Can we improve on the racing here? Absolutely. And I can’t wait to come back next year.” 

The Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet driver finished the 1.022 mile race ahead of Simon Pagenaud. Dixon picked up 79 total points in the race.

With the win, it was his first win at PIR along with the first race with his team at the facility. Ganassi picked up their 101st IndyCar win when Dixon went to victory lane.

Pagenaud, the DeVilbiss Team Penske Chevrolet driver, was second in his No. 22 car. He received 83 points overall and is first in the standings.

“Big thanks to the guys!,” he said. “The car was really good. Clean air was everything today. Unfortunately we missed it a little bit in qualifying. We got the car dialed in two stops before the end. We just saved fuel in traffic and made it in the pit stops. My guys were just fantastic. 

“It’s a team sport. I mean I am super happy with second. It definitely wasn’t our strong suit in the past, short ovals, so being strong and finishing second and running with Dixon at the end shows that we are in good shape. So I am ecstatic right now.”

Will Power was third in his Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet. Power, a former IndyCar Champion, is now 12th in the early standings and received 36 total points.

Now, he’ll have to play catch-up and hope that he doesn’t have any crashes later on in the season to get more points.

“Man, the Gs were unbelievable,” Power added. “We were wide open at the end there when it cooled down. So much load! You gotta be a body builder to drive these things.  I did actually I was watching the laps countdown and with one hundred laps to go, I was like, I got this and I can finish this race. Very good!”

Power is behind in the standings because he missed the season opener race three weeks ago when he had an inner ear infection.

“I was really nervous going into the race. You know, can I do this? But the guys in the pits were awesome! The Verizon crew was just mega. I made a mistake there at the end. But the pit box is very slippery but still I was really happy with third place.”  


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