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IndyCar driver Scott Dixon becomes the first to win two races this season after winning a record-tying fourth Detroit Grand Prix

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Detroit, Indiana – In a caution-filled race on Sunday, Scott Dixon emerged victorious in the Detroit Grand Prix for the fourth time in history, making history as the first IndyCar driver with two wins this year.

The six-time IndyCar Series champion finished second in the series with 58 victories, behind only A.J. Foyt’s 67. Dixon, a New Zealander, broke a record he shared with Will Power and Helio Castroneves at the Detroit Grand Prix.

Marcus Ericsson came in second, followed by Alexander Rossi, Kyle Kirkwood, Marcus Armstrong, and the Chip Ganassi Racing driver.

In Detroit, Honda reigned supreme in the shadow of General Motors’ global headquarters, with only Rossi in a Chevrolet making the top five.

A day after Team Penske signed a multiyear contract agreement with the two-time Indianapolis 500 winner, Josef Newgarden experienced a humiliating afternoon. With no one close by, Newgarden lost control of his car’s rear end late in the race, crashing into a wall and finishing 26th out of 27 drivers.

Due to several flags that hampered the 100-lap race, the Detroit Grand Prix got off to a poor start and struggled to find much of a rhythm for the majority of the afternoon.

On the first lap, Theo Pourchaire passed Power at the third corner, tangles many vehicles in a rare opportunity to pass on the small, uneven course.

Santino Ferrucci attempted to avoid Castroneves and clipped him during practice on Saturday, a move that infuriated Kyle Kirkwood. Four-time Indianapolis 500 winner Castroneves was covering for Meyer Shank Racing’s struggling Tom Blomqvist in an attempt to get points, but he ended up 25th.

Conditions on the nine-turn, 1.6-mile street course close to the banks of the Detroit River provided additional difficulty, as if the narrow route wasn’t already difficult enough.
The street circuit lost some rubber during the night, and intermittent showers left some areas slick.

Midway through the race, pole-sitter Colton Herta, who had led 31 laps, attempted an aggressive inside move but lost control of the No. 26 Honda, crashing it into a tire barrier and finishing in 19th place.

 

 

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