5 Jul 2020

Scott Dixon makes it two from two in Indy Cars

8:39 am on 5 July 2020

New Zealand's Scott Dixon has continued his perfect start to the Indy Car season, winning the latest race in Indiana.

Scott Dixon from New Zealand.

Scott Dixon. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

The five time series champion came from seventh on the grid to take the chequered flag this morning and make it back to back victories in the opening two rounds.

Dixon says it's too early to start talking about his overall title chances, but he was pleased to have made amends for making a mistake in qualifying.

"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."

Dixon benefited from a well-timed caution period near the midway point of the race and then drove away to dominate race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, winning by an event-record 19.9469 seconds in the No. 9 PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing Honda.

It marked the first victory in this event for Dixon, who had finished second in this race for the last three years.

The result was the 48th career Indy Car victory for Dixon, who is now just four wins behind Mario Andretti for No. 2 on the all-time series list.

Graham Rahal finished second in the No. 15 Fifth Third Bank Honda after making just two pit stops, one fewer than Dixon and the other contenders.

Simon Pagenaud rebounded from a tough qualifying session, jumping from a 20th starting spot to finish third in the No. 22 Menards Team Penske Chevrolet.