Dixon wins IndyCar’s first race in 2020 post coronavirus

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Scott Dixon has won the first NTT IndyCar Series race of the season. Dixon won the Genesys 300 at the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas on Saturday night on NBC.

The NTT IndyCar Series was supposed to begin in March. However, due to the coronavirus, their season was halted until June.

IndyCar driver Scott Dixon celebrates with Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage after winning the Genesys 300 at Texas Motor Speedway
Scott Dixon celebrates with Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage after winning the Genesys 300 at Texas Motor Speedway (Photo by Chris Owens/IndyCar)

“I can’t thank the team enough, everybody at PNC,” Dixon said. “It’s such strange times right now, and I just can’t thank the team. It was such a team effort. We had a couple mistakes at the start and throughout the race, but we recovered. It was awesome. Honda, they were huge with the power out there. It was just so fast. Any situation we were in, we could just go for it. Huge thanks to everybody involved. Bummed that the fans aren’t here. We wish everybody was here to celebrate.”

With this win, Dixon has now won at least one race every since since the 2004 season. He now has 47 career wins, which is the third-most all-time on the IndyCar wins list.

A.J. Foyt is the all-time leader with 67 wins. Mario Andretti is second with 52 wins, while Dixon is third with his 47 wins.

According to NBC Sports, the last two winners at the Texas Motor Speedway has went on to win the

Championship. Will Dixon will his sixth Championship following this win? We’ll have to see.

Dixon won at the facility in 2018 and went on to win the championship that year. Josef Newgarden also won in 2019, before winning the championship.

This was the first-time that Texas Motor Speedway has began the NTT IndyCar Series as the season-opener. The Genesys 300 was the 32nd career IndyCar race at the venue.

Simon Pagenaud finished second, while Newgard finished in third.

Several drivers were not able to finish the race. This list includes Felix Rosenqvist, Santino Ferrucci, Rinus VeeKay (Rookie), Alex Palou (Rookie) and Takuma Sato, who was not able to start the race.

“We knew coming in it was going to be a tough situation for the INDYCAR SERIES putting together the race and making sure we could put on the show to entertain people,” Pagenaud said. “That’s what we do; that’s what this business is about. I’m very proud to carry the DXC Technology colors here; you know, they are from Texas. It was just an intense night. We had balance changes — some stints we went really loose, one stint we had understeer. It was very difficult to understand, so I had to be really cognizant of that with the adjustments in the race car. At the end, we managed to take some front wing out, and it came back to us and it was a lot of fun. I enjoyed it.”

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