We are seeing a modern day legend, right before our eyes.
Dixon made sure to make the finish one of the most exciting in history. It was the second-closest INDYCAR finish ever at the track. Dixon held off Takuma Sato who oddly enough held off Dixon last week at the 104th Indianapolis 500.
Dixon was able to get ahead of Pato O’Ward who was in front of him by less than a second when they made a final pit stop on lap 163. Sato led from laps 162 to 175 but had trouble at the pit on lap 176. He was able to pass O’Ward but it wasn’t enough.
“Pato was quick all day and I hadn’t seen Sato all race, but he was right there at the end,” said Dixon.
Sato came within three-tenths of a second during the last five laps but wasn’t able to overtake the third-all time IndyCar victory holder.
“Obviously, the team did a fantastic job,” Sato said. “From last week, we carried a lot of momentum. We lost some places at the beginning of the race. I wasn’t entirely comfortable in the car. But we were strong. Big congrats to Ganassi and (Scott) Dixon. Fantastic win. My ABeam car was phenomenal.”
Dixon started the race in the third position and drove the No. 9 PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing Honda. He averaged 143.522 MPH.
Dixon now only trails second-ranked Mario Andretti by two wins. The all-time wins leader is A.J. Foyt whose 63 wins have remained an untouchable mark.
“Fifty – that sounds awesome,” Dixon said. “We’ve got to keep on truckin’ and get a few more. But I can’t thank Honda and HPD enough. I’m proud to be powered by them and what they’ve done, especially this year, is just phenomenal, and how quick their cars have been.”
The race was started with a six-car pileup that took a major swipe at three of the five Andretti Autosport drivers. A pair of rookies, Alex Palou and Oliver Askew, both were penalized for jumping the start.
Simon Pagenaud was hit from behind and spun, which is what triggered the pileup. It took out Alexander Rossi, Marco Andretti and Zach Veach. It took 12 laps of caution to clean the wreckage before Will Power led the first 63 laps of the race.
Pato O’Ward earned his second podium of the season as he also finished second at Road America. For Sato, the 43-year-old, would have picked up his seventh career win.