Dixon dominates for Race 1 victory of Texas IndyCar doubleheader
Scott Dixon pulled open his playbook from when he throttled the sphere at Texas Motor Speedway in 2020 and put it to good use as he utterly dominated the opening oval race of 2021 on Saturday night time in Dallas-Fort Price.
In the course of the opening half of the NTT IndyCar Sequence doubleheader at TMS, the New Zealander swept previous teammate and polesitter Alex Palou on Lap 3 and managed the 212-lap present to earn his first win of the yr, fifth at TMS, and set a brand new report by incomes a minimum of one victory in 19 consecutive seasons.
Behind Dixon, a fellow Kiwi in Staff Penske rookie Scott McLaughlin was the star of the present as he wheeled the No. 3 Chevy from P15 to P2, simply 0.2646s behind his idol.
“Man, I really like this place,” Dixon mentioned. “It was a little bit of a loopy night time for us. It was cool to be racing a countryman for these final laps. Fifth win at Texas, that was fairly superior. That was cool! We gained, that’s what counts.”
McLaughlin couldn’t imagine he ran runner-up to Dixon in his first oval race.
“I’ve by no means been this bloody proud of second,” he mentioned. “It was cool battling with my all-time hero. Kiwis one and two. I’ve labored actually arduous behind the scenes and the staff put me within the place I’m in. P2’s good, we’ll get a win sooner or later.”
Arrow McLaren SP’s Pato O’Ward was crestfallen after beginning on pole to open the season at Barber Motorsports Park, solely to lose the possibility to win after a poor technique name by the staff took the No. 5 out of rivalry. Fortunes swung in the other way at Texas Race 1 as a name by the identical strategist—AMSP president Taylor Kiel—to pit early within the window on the mid-point of the competition vaulted O’Ward ahead.
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