IndyCar Kohler GP 2017 : Scott Dixon Fends Off Josef Newgarden To Take First Win At Road America

Four time IndyCar champion and one of the all time greatest Scott Dixon triumphed in a fantastic battle against Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden to take his 41st career win and his first at the legendary Road America circuit. This win extends Dixon’s championship lead over Simon Pagenaud to 34 points heading into the Iowa Corn 300.

Scott Dixon Won His First Race Of The Year At Road America.

Dixon started fifth on the grid, behind all four Penske cars but a perfectly executed pit stop strategy allowed the Chip Ganassi Racing driver to take the win. Polesitter Helio Castroneves couldn’t manage his fuel appropriately and so he dropped down. Fortunately, the popular Brazilian managed to save his race and finish third to score some valuable points in the championship. Defending champion Simon Pagenaud ran a pretty quiet race and finished fourth.

Helio Castroneves Started On Pole But Finished 3rd

Texas winner Will Power finished fifth after making contact with James Hinchcliffe which resulted in the latter retiring but being classified as the twentieth finisher nonetheless. Rounding off the top 10 behind Power was Dale Coyne Racing’s Ed Jones, Detroit GP winner Graham Rahal, Brit Max Chilton and Schmidt Peterson Motorsports’ Mikhail Aleshin. IndyCar rookie and former f1 driver Esteban Gutierrez finished P17, ahead of veteran Marco Andretti.

Will Power Finished 5th At Road America

Andretti Autosport’s Takuma Sato spun and hit the barriers at the Kettle Bottoms straight on Lap 29 to cap off a terrible weekend for the Indy500 champion, who was racing with a health issue. He was classified at P19 at the end of the race. Sato’s accident brought out a full course yellow and at the restart, Scott Dixon made a daring move around the outside of race leader Josef Newgarden at Turn 1 to take the lead.

Takuma Sato Had A Disaster Of A Weekend At Road America.

On Lap 45 out of 55, the long battle between Alexander Rossi and Tony Kanaan turned ugly as the latter tried an ambitious move on Rossi but lost control of his Chip Ganassi Honda and hit the wall, causing another full course yellow. Rossi finished the race in 13th place but Kanaan had to retire but he was classified as the 21st finisher. After the restart, an epic battle unfolded between Dixon and Newgarden for the lead but the former kept his cool and won the race by just 0.5 seconds in the end.

Now, the pressure is on the Penske drivers to deliver in the forthcoming races, with the next one being the Iowa Corn 300 at the Iowa Speedway.

IndyCar Returns To Iowa On July 9.

The championship points Standings of The Verizon Indycar Series

Last Updated: Monday, June 26, 2017

Rank Driver STP LB BAR PHX GPI IND BEL BEL TEX R-AM Total
1 Scott Dixon 35 35 41 30 40 53 41 28 23 53 379
2 Simon Pagenaud 41 30 35 53 32 43 14 30 35 32 345
3 Helio Castroneves 28 23 33 34 31 96 28 22 10 37 342
4 Takuma Sato 31 12 22 14 18 137 24 34 20 11 323
5 Josef Newgarden 24 35 51 23 19 34 32 41 18 41 318
6 Will Power 13 17 20 41 54 41 12 35 53 30 316
7 Graham Rahal 13 20 17 9 28 57 54 53 32 24 307
8 Tony Kanaan 18 15 26 28 10 91 15 20 41 9 273
9 Alexander Rossi 19 11 30 15 24 91 30 26 8 17 271
10 Ed Jones 20 28 14 19 11 93 22 8 13 26 254
11 Max Chilton 14 16 18 10 26 86 19 15 25 22 251
12 James Hinchcliffe 23 51 28 18 17 33 36 10 16 10 242
13 Marco Andretti 26 10 9 12 14 76 18 17 28 12 222
14 Mikhail Aleshin 16 18 20 13 12 55 29 14 15 20 212
15 Ryan Hunter-Reay 32 14 19 17 35 35 17 14 11 16 210
16 JR Hildebrand 17 19 0 35 16 61 13 12 18 14 205
17 Carlos Munoz 9 26 13 20 15 50 16 19 12 19 199
18 Charlie Kimball 12 9 16 24 9 29 9 24 11 29 172
19 Conor Daly 15 14 12 16 13 18 8 18 26 15 155
20 Spencer Pigot 10 24 10 0 22 29 20 9 0 18 142
21 Sebastien Bourdais 53 40 24 11 8 0 0 0 0 0 136
22 Ed Carpenter 0 0 0 26 0 79 0 0 19 0 124
23 Juan Pablo Montoya 0 0 0 0 20 73 0 0 0 0 93
24 Gabby Chaves 0 0 0 0 0 53 0 0 30 0 83
25 Oriol Servia 0 0 0 0 0 40 10 11 0 0 61
26 Fernando Alonso 0 0 0 0 0 47 0 0 0 0 47
27 Esteban Gutierrez 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 16 0 13 40
28 Sebastian Saavedra 0 0 0 0 0 33 0 0 0 0 33
29 Pippa Mann 0 0 0 0 0 32 0 0 0 0 32
30 Jay Howard 0 0 0 0 0 24 0 0 0 0 24
31 Zach Veach 0 0 11 0 0 12 0 0 0 0 23
32 Sage Karam 0 0 0 0 0 23 0 0 0 0 23
33 James Davison 0 0 0 0 0 21 0 0 0 0 21
34 Jack Harvey 0 0 0 0 0 17 0 0 0 0 17
35 Tristan Vautier 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 0 15
36 Buddy Lazier 0 0 0 0 0 14 0 0 0 0 14

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