Scott Dixon dominates at Texas to open IndyCar season

Photo by Chris Owens

Scott Dixon led 157 of 200 laps to score a dominant victory at Texas Motor Speedway Saturday night.

Following a lengthy suspension due to the global pandemic, the NTT IndyCar Series finally kicked off their season at Texas Motor Speedway.

The day began with drama before the race as multiple drivers crashed in practice and Takuma Sato wrecked in qualifying. Sato would not be able to get his car fixed and he would not compete in the race.

Alexander Rossi and Graham Rahal would have mechanical issues prior to the green flag and would fall off the lead lap before entering the track. Ryan Hunter-Reay would also lose a lap due to unapproved changes.

Title favorites Scott Dixon and Josef Newgarden would lead the field to green. Newgarden would lead the first 30 laps until his car would falter in dirty air and Dixon would take advantage to claim the lead.

The first incident of the evening occured on lap 38 as rookie Rinus VeeKay slid way up the track and spun out off of turn two. He would takeout another rookie in Alex Palou. Both of their days would come to an end.

Dixon would dominate in the lead for the next 100-plus laps. He would lead everyone by over 10 seconds except for Felix Rosenqvist, who was chasing down Dixon thanks to lapped traffic. However, that lapped traffic would be Rosenqvist’s downfall as he would wreck in turn two trying to get around traffic.

On the final restart with three to go, Dixon would have help from lapped cars being in between him and the rest of the field that would help him cruise to victory for his 47th IndyCar win.

Post-race stats:

  • Zach Veach scored his third-career top-five finish with a fourth-place run
  • Rookie Oliver Askew scored a top-10 finish in his first career race in IndyCar

IndyCar will take a month off before their next race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course on July 4, which will be a part of the first-ever IndyCar/NASCAR doubleheader.

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