Make it three-for-three on the season for Scott Dixon as he won Saturday afternoon’s Rev Group Grand Prix at Road America. It is his second win at the course and the 49th win of his career in IndyCar.
Saturday afternoon, the NTT IndyCar Series hit Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin for the first of two Rev Group Grands Prix this weekend.
Pole sitter Josef Newgarden checked out from the field early, but on the opening lap, more early season trouble would strike for Alexander Rossi and his Andretti Autosport team as he would do some agricultural work driving through the grass. His teammate Marco Andretti would help him with the field work and took a banner with him as well. Both would have to make unscheduled pit stops and drop to the rear of the field.
The race would remain clean and issue-free during the first one-third of the race but problems would occur for leaders Newgarden and Graham Rahal as they would stall on pit road. Scott Dixon and Will Power would cycle to the lead.
On lap 37, Jack Harvey would lock up the brakes and go off-course, bringing out the first full-course yellow of the day.
On pit road, Power would beat Dixon off of pit road. Santino Ferrucci, who was aggressive all day long and was up to the third position at one point, dropped four spots on the stop and would restart seventh.
During the restart with 14 to go, cars would bunch up going through the corners, which made Conor Daly and Pato O’Ward get together, turning Daly and causing him to crash hard into the tire barriers. Daly would be visibly in pain and said over the radio that his shoulder was hurting.
With 12 to go, Dalton Kellett would go off-course and could not get restarted, bringing out another caution.
Rossi would have more problems at the end of the race as he would get together with Max Chilton and make a trip through the grass again.
Dixon would roll on after the final restart to win his second race at Road America.
Power finished second. Rookie Alex Palou scored his first podium finish in just his third start. Ryan Hunter-Reay and Colton Herta would round out the top five.
The IndyCar Series will back at it early Sunday afternoon on the Road America course.