His winning clip in 2020 is now at 50% as Scott Dixon won the first Bommarito Automative Group 500 at Gateway. It is his fourth win of the season and he has now reached 50 wins in his IndyCar/CART career.
The NTT IndyCar Series held their first of two races at World Wide Technology Raceway Saturday afternoon.
Before they even crossed the start-finish line on lap one, multiple drivers would pile up after a late start. Alexander Rossi, Zach Veach, Simon Pagenaud and Marco Andretti were among those collected in the accident.
Pole sitter Will Power would hold the lead up until the first pit stop cycles on lap 70. Rookie Pato O’Ward would come in prior to Power and Scott Dixon would come in a few laps after Power. Both drivers would end up cycling in front of the Penske driver with O’Ward taking the lead.
On lap 109, a caution would come out for weather in the area. With the leaders potentially short on fuel, O’Ward and Dixon would have to come down pit road for fuel and tires.
On the final stops during lap 164, O’Ward and Dixon came down at the same time. This time, Dixon would come out ahead of O’Ward to re-take the lead.
Indy 500 winner Takuma Sato overcut both O’Ward and Dixon. He would cycle out to third and with 21 laps to go, Sato would go on the outside of O’Ward and take second from the rookie with the daring move.
After Sato got around O’Ward, he would cut Dixon’s lead to a half-second, but that is as close as he got as dirty air would play a major factor and he washed up the track on the final lap.
Dixon has now extended his championship lead to 117 points over Josef Newgarden with six races remaining.
O’Ward would round out the podium for his second of the season. Colton Herta finished fourth and Marcus Ericsson rounded out the top five.
IndyCar will return to action on Sunday to wrap up the doubleheader at Gateway.