Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon scored his second win of 2020 in just as many races at the GMR Grand Prix on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course. It is his 48th career win in IndyCar.
It was a hot early afternoon for the drivers of the NTT IndyCar Series at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The track temperature was around 130 degrees and the 14-turn road course possesses a grueling challenge for the men behind the wheel.
Will Power would lead the first quarter of the race as he led the field from the pole. Pit strategy would come into play early as drivers had to adapt to the hot and slick race surface. A handful drivers came down pit road 10 laps in, some came in on lap 20, and others would stretch it to lap 26 including, Graham Rahal, Spencer Pigot, Conor Daly and Santino Ferrucci.
The first incident of the day came on lap 34 as rookie Oliver Askew got loose in turn 14 and hit the wall hard coming to the front stretch. It would end his day and he would finish last in 26th place.
On the ensuing restart, Alexander Rossi backed up the field after his car could not get up to speed. He was dealing with fuel pressure problems earlier Saturday in the warmup but could not get those issues solved as the problem would be terminal to bring an end to his day. His first two starts this season have been rough as he finished 15th in the season opener at Texas Motor Speedway due to technical issues just before green flag.
During the next set of green flag pit stops, the pole-sitter, Power, stalled on pit road and lost to nearly a minute of time to the leader Scott Dixon. Dixon would assume the lead for a majority of the second half of the race thanks to a superior pit strategy and mistakes from drivers in front of him.
Dixon would cruise to over a 20-second lead to win his first race on the Indy road course in dominant fashion.
Graham Rahal finished second, which is his first podium finish since June 2019 at Texas Motor Speedway.
After starting towards the back of the field, Simon Pagenaud would work his way to a third-place finish.
Colton Herta and rookie Rinus Veekay would round out the top-five.
It was a tough day for notable veterans as Ryan Hunter-Reay wound up 13th, Power finished 20th and Marco Andretti finished 22nd.
The series heads to Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin next weekend for a doubleheader at Road America.