Detroit GP | Dixon gets it done for Honda in the Motor City
Scott Dixon was able to capture his first win on 2018 in race 1 in the Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit.
The Verizon IndyCar Series traveled from their home field in Indianapolis, to the birth place of the automobile in Detroit to duke it out on the bumpy and tricky 13 turn temporary street course on Belle Isle Park.
Despite being the home of General Motors and Chevrolet being head sponsor for the race, the top five leading to the green flag would be Marco Andretti, Scott Dixon, Robert Wickens, Alexander Rossi and Ryan Hunter-Reay, all of whom are Honda drivers.
Marco Andretti would take the green flag and lead for about the first 25 laps.
When pit stops started to take place Scott Dixon would come in one lap after Marco and come out in front of him with Dixon’s 7.1 second pit time compared to Andretti’s 8.4 second time.
45 laps in, Graham Rahal would hop on the curbing in turn 12 and send his #15 Honda slamming into the wall and ending his day after a successfull top 5 run practically the entire race.
The race would resume on lap 50 but just 3 laps later Santino Ferrucci who was making his IndyCar debut and had run as high as 12th would be shoved in the rear tire by Charlie Kimball and get sent brutally sliding into the tires in turn 7 and ending his debute on a sour note.
A restart would come with just 11 laps to go with Dixon still leading followed by Ryan Hunter-Reay and Marco Andretti. Alexander Rossi would pass Andretti for the final spot on the podium but nobody would have anything for Scott Dixon as he would lead the remaining 11 laps enroute to his first win of the 2018 IndyCar season.
The win would be Dixon’s 42nd career win tying him for 3rd place with Michael Andretti on the list of all time winners followed behind Mario Andretti with 52 wins and AJ Foyt with 67. Dixon is still only 37 years old.
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