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04/20 2015

Scott Dixon leads Chevrolet to IndyCar win at Long Beach

Scott Dixon leads Chevrolet to IndyCar win at Long Beach

After two races, it appeared Scott Dixon has lost his touch.
With a 15th- and an 11th-place finish in the first two races of the IndyCar series, it looked like Dixon was going to spend most of the season in the middle of the pack.
He knew better, though.
On Sunday, the three-time series champion found a way to put his Chevrolet in victory lane. After qualifying third, Dixon overtook Juan Pablo Montoya on lap two and then beat pole-sitter Helio Castroneves off of pit lane on lap 29. For the rest of the 80-lap race, Dixon made himself untouchable.
“This is huge,” Dixon said after the win. “I love the event, but as far as coming here and doing well, it hadn’t been on that list. That pit stop exchange definitely helped us get to the lead but the car was fast and all we had to do was maintain that lead.”
Castroneves looked like he had the car to beat on Sunday, but was forced to stay in his pitbox to avoid a collision with Tony Kanaan. He was held up only for a second, but that was all the time Dixon needed to take the lead
Castroneves finished 2.2221 seconds behind Dixon, marking his second consecutive runner-up finish. The boost in points puts him just three behind series leader and Team Penske teammate Juan Pablo Montoya. Montoya took third in the race, while Simon Pagenaud finished fourth and Kanaan took fifth.
Despite Castroneves and Montoya on the podium, it wasn’t all blue skies for Team Penske. Reigning series champion Will Power struggled all weekend. After qualifying 18th, his Chevrolet stalled on the pit lane enterance on lap seven. He ended up finishing 20th.
IndyCar will be back in action next week when it travels to Birmingham for the Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park.
Results
1. Scott Dixon, Chevrolet
2. Helio Castroneves, Chevrolet, +2.2221
3. Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevrolet, +13.4862
4. Simon Pagenaud, Chevrolet, +13.7382
5. Tony Kanaan, Chevrolet, +14.6249
6. Sebastien Bourdais, Chevrolet, +15.0829
7. Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, +18.8398
8. Marco Andretti, Honda, +33.9476
9. Carlos Munoz, Honda, +34.9599
10. Sebastian Saavedra, Chevrolet, +35.5359
11. Graham Rahal, Honda, +37.4628
12. James Hinchcliffe, Honda, +38.7713
13. Ryan Hunter-Reay, Honda, +40.3347
14. Jack Hawksworth, Honda, +41.2744
15. Charlie Kimball, Chevrolet, +44.3872
16. Gabby Chaves, Honda, +46.6589
17. Conor Daly, Honda, +50.0574
18. Takuma Sato, Honda, +53.8043
19. James Jakes, Honda, +1:39.7964
20. Will Power, Chevrolet, 1 Lap
21. Francesco Dracone, Honda, 2 Laps
22. Luca Filippi, Chevrolet, 3 Laps
23 Stefano Coletti, Chevrolet, 11 Laps