Historic Win For Dixon At Texas

3rd On IndyCar All-Time Wins List

Scott Stiller
June 10, 2018 - 3:19 am
Chip Ganassi And Scott Dixon Celebrate In Victory Lane At Texas Motor Speedway

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Fort Worth, TX (Newsradio 1020) – PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon is rewriting the record books after winning Saturday night’s Verizon IndyCar Series DXC Technology 600 at Texas Motor Speedway.

The win was Dixon’s 43rd career win, moving him ahead of Michael Andretti for sole possession of third place on the all-time IndyCar victory list.  Only IndyCar legends A.J. Foyt (67) and Mario Andretti (52) have more IndyCar wins.

“I love winning at Texas, this place is awesome,” said Dixon.  “Obviously, I have massive respect for a lot of these drivers, but when you look at those names – A. J. Foyt, Mario Andretti, Michael Andretti, the Unsers – to me it seems very strange that ‘Dixon’ is on that list too.”

Dixon, who started seventh in the No. 9 PNC Bank Honda, beat Team Penske’s Simon Pagenaud, who started second and finished second, by 4.2943-seconds.

Pagenaud and his teammate and pole-sitter Josef Newgarden led 85 of the first 95 laps as Dixon, known as the “Iceman” for his calm demeanor under pressure, methodically took care of his car and worked his way up through the field.

Dixon made his second pit stop of the race on lap 123 and quick work by his “wolfpack” crew allowed the four-time champion to cycle into the lead seven laps later as other drivers made their stops.

“All around great team effort,” said Dixon.  “Everybody on the PNC Bank crew was good.  Car set-up was obviously phenomenal, strategy was perfect, so it’s nice to have one of those nights.”

The victory was Dixon and the PNC team’s second in a week – he took the checkered flag on June 2nd on the streets of Belle Isle at Detroit – and pushed the veteran atop the Verizon IndyCar points standings for the first time since the Toronto race in July 2017.

“I love the Verizon IndyCar Series,” said the 37-year-old.  “I think it’s the best racing on the planet, one of the most difficult with all the disciplines.”

The next Verizon IndyCar Series race is the KOHLER Grand Prix at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, on Sunday June 24th.

Dixon’s next race will be the 24-Hours of Le Mans as he will be part of Ganassi’s four-car, Ford GT program trying to win the fabled endurance event June 16th & 17th at the Circuit de la Sarthe in Le Mans, France.

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