Dixon wins 50th IndyCar race in Illinois

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher 

Scott Dixon dominated the early part of the revised 2020 NTT IndyCar Series. However, since the middle of July, he was on a winless streak over the last four events. 

That has now ended, as the Auckland, New Zealand native won the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 Race 1 on Saturday at World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, Illinois. This is Dixon’s fourth win of the season.

PNC Bank IndyCar driver Scott Dixon wins the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 Race 1 at World Wide Technology Raceway
Scott Dixon wins the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 Race 1 at World Wide Technology Raceway (Photo by IndyCar/Chris Owens)

Dixon was able to hold off 2020 Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato in thrilling fashion. This was the second-closest IndyCar finish ever at this particular event. 

This is Dixon’s 50th IndyCar win. He defeated Sato by .1404 seconds to get the win. 

“It’s awesome,” Dixon said. “ I can’t thank the PNC Bank crew enough. Superb race all day. Sato was going to be strong at the end, but I didn’t realize how strong he was coming. We were kind of going into reserve mode, looking after the engine, and he was there with a head of steam. Just so happy for this team. Last week at Indianapolis was a bit of a bummer. So, it was nice to get a win.”

Dixon was not pleased with the controversial finish as the stewards refused to with a red flag due to a bad crash involving Spencer Pigot. A short-time later, Sato was awarded the win and that made the PNC driver very mad.

This was Sato’s first second place finish of the season. He has now finished in the Top 3 in the past two races, as he previously won the aforementioned 2020 Indianapolis 500. 

“Obviously, the team did a fantastic job,” Sato said. “From last week, we carried a lot of momentum. We lost some places at the beginning of the race. I wasn’t entirely comfortable in the car, but we were strong. Big congrats to Ganassi and (Scott) Dixon. Fantastic win. My ABeam car was phenomenal.”

Patricio O’Ward finished in third in his Arrow/Lucas Oil ride for Arrow McLaren SP. Ward has two podium finishes this season.

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