Ganassi's Dixon Wins On Streets Of Toronto

Extends Championship Points Lead Of No. 9 PNC Bank Honda

Scott Stiller
July 16, 2018 - 9:04 am
Scott Dixon Sits In Victory Lane In Toronto

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PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon is back atop the podium after winning Sunday’s Verizon IndyCar Series Honda Indy Toronto.  The win was Dixon’s third of the year, 44th of his career and third on the 1.786-mile temporary street course at Exhibition Place.

“I’m worn out man, that was a physical race,” said Dixon.  “What a great win for the team and everyone associated with the No. 9 car program.  I can’t thank PNC Bank and the crew enough, we just needed some clear air and we were able to check out”.

Dixon’s No. 9 PNC Bank Honda led 49-of-85-laps and finished 5.2701-seconds ahead of Team Penske’s Simon Pagenaud.  Schmidt Petersen Motorsports Robert Wickens finished third.

“It was a good time,” said Pagenaud.  “Toronto supports the Verizon IndyCar Series so well.  Thanks to the fans for showing up.”

“We did have a great car in the race,” said Wickens.  “I don’t think anyone had anything for Scott (Dixon) today.  Dixie was kind of in a class of his own”.

The victory improved Dixon’s championship lead to 62-points over Josef Newgarden.  Newgarden was leading the race when brought out the second caution of the race after going off-line on a Lap 33 restart making slight contact with the wall, allowing Dixon to take the lead.

“I don’t know what to tell you, it went straight into the wall,” Newgarden said.  “And part of that is my fault, just making a mistake, but I didn’t expect it, I’ll tell you that.  I just had no idea the car was going to do that.  I knew it would be low grip, but not zero grip”.

“He tried to go a little fast into the last corner there in Turn 11, got into the gray and that was pretty much it,” said Dixon.

The Verizon IndyCar Series is off next weekend and returns to the track July 28 & 29 for the Honda Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington Ohio.  It is the closest the IndyCar Series gets to the Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania areas.  Tickets are available at www.midohio.com.

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