Dixon wins Indy Road Course for first-time in 2020

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Scott Dixon is undefeated so far in the 2020 NTT IndyCar Series. Dixon — who resides in Indianapolis, Indiana — was able to check the Indianapolis Road Course off of his bucket list.

Dixon won the GMR Grad Prix on Saturday afternoon at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana. For the last three years in this race before Saturday, Dixon finished runner-up in the race.

PNC Bank IndyCar driver Scott Dixon holding the GMR Grand Prix trophy after winning the event on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course
Scott Dixon holding the GMR Grand Prix trophy after winning the event on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course (Photo by Chris Owens/IndyCar)

“So good to be racing here again at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway,” Dixon said. “We’ve had so many runner-up spots here on the road course. We got lucky. The strategy, the team just nailed it. We got lucky with that caution. But as soon as we got the balance right, the PNC Bank No. 9 just checked out.

“I think we got a little lucky but it also played into the aggressive strategy we had with electing to take the primary Firestone tires at the start with everyone else on reds. The yellow came out right in our window and it hung out the leaders but we definitely had the pace. We made some simple changes to keep up with a cooling track but after that, the PNC Bank car was on rails and we just took off.”

This is Dixon’s 48th career win, according to IndyCar. He also won the first win of the season at the 2020 Genesys 300 on Saturday, June 6, 2020 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas.

Dixon was able to hold off Graham Rahal, who had one of his best finishes in his career, as he finished 2nd. This was Rahal’s best finish since a third at the 2019 DXC Technology 600 on Saturday, June 8, 2019 at Texas Motor Speedway.

This was his first second-place finish since a second-place finish at the 2018 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg at the Streets of St. Petersburg on Sunday, March 11, 2018 in St. Petersburg, Florida.

“I thought the strategy was honestly working perfectly,” Rahal said. “Honestly, with the two-stop coming out of the pits after the first stop and still being right with Power and Harvey and all the good guys, the guys I was racing at that time, all I kept thinking was when the pits cycled through for the last time, we’d have about a 25- or 30-second lead, but obviously the yellow came out and kind of nullified our strategy because then everybody just got to pit under yellow and then there was just one more to go.

“But obviously, Dixie (Scott Dixon) had tremendous pace during the late part of the race. I was on black tires struggling a little bit. The Fifth Third Bank car was great today. I thought our guys did a tremendous job. It’s a shame for Spencer; he was right up in the battle, as well. But for our team after Dallas, this feels extremely good for us.”

Simon Pagenaud finished third.

Will Power led a race-high 28 laps of the 80-lap race. Dixon, Rahal, and Josef Newgarden led multiple laps, while Marcus Ericsson, Zach Veach, Jack Harvey, and Spencer Pigot led one lap each.

Three drivers were not able to finish the race. This included Oliver Askew, Pigot, and Alexander Rossi.

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