WATKINS GLEN, NY – They don’t call him the “iceman” for nothing, as Scott Dixon showed us whey he’s the master in saving fuel with going 19 laps on the final stint en route to the dominating victory on Sunday afternoon in the Verizon IndyCar Series race at Watkins Glen.
While most of the other drivers had to duck into pit road inside the final 10 laps, Dixon stretched his fuel to the end as he led a race high 50 of the 60 laps today en route to his 40th career IndyCar victory moving him into fourth place on the all-time wins list.
“I think this was actually a Chevy Volt, we were running on electric with amazing fuel mileage,” Dixon said after earning his fourth victory in seven tries at Watkins Glen. “This is so cool. Sometimes you get the breaks sometimes we don’t. Today went into our favor.”
Dixon, had the car to beat all weekend as it was a perfect weekend for his No. 9 Chevrolet. The Chip Ganassi Racing driver was quickest in both practice sessions on Friday as well as the 45-minute long practice on Saturday morning. He turned that into winning the pole in record breaking fashion and leading all but 10 laps in the race.
Josef Newgarden saved enough fuel to finish second in his No. 21 Chevrolet. Newgarden, crossed the finish line 16.5308-second behind Dixon.
Helio Castroneves pitted from second with three laps-to-go and fought back for a third place effort. It was his 90th career IndyCar podium and 132nd top five.
Conor Daly came away fourth while Sebastien Bourdais who was involved in a crash on Lap 1, Turn 1 rounded out the top five in fifth.
The race had huge championship implications as Will Power crashed out on Lap 39. Power, had contact in the esses with Charlie Kimball and hit the armco barrier hard finishing 20th. He was checked and released from the infield care center but not cleared to drive due to concussion-like symptoms.
But, he should have never been back there battling for that position if not for an ill-timed first caution on Lap 14.
Dixon, caught a break by just pitting, as did several other cars, but Power, Simon Pagenaud, Tony Kanaan and others didn’t pit yet when Aleshin crashed. That meant the top nine had to pit while everyone else got to stay out.
Power and Pagenaud would restart 12th and 13th respectively and never rebounded.
Power would crash while Pagenaud finished seventh.
Tony Kanaan would have a right rear suspension break as he finished 19th.
Graham Rahal would crash on Lap 19 in Turn 1 and finish 21st.
That shook up the points as just Pagenaud and Power are left in the hunt to win the Astor Cup in Sonoma as Pagenaud leads Power by 43 points entering the finale in two weeks. Dixon moved up to third in a tie with Castroneves but they’re eliminated as they’re 104 points back.
The series will test in Sonoma on Sept. 8 before heading back for the last race in two weeks from today.
Indycar Grand Prix at the Glen Results:
- 9 Dixon
- 21 Newgarden
- 3 Castroneves
- 18 Daly R
- 11 Bourdais
- 83 Kimball
- 22 Pagenaud
- 98 Rossi R
- 19 Enerson R
- 8 Chilton R
- 26 Munoz
- 27 Andretti
- 2 Montoya
- 28 Hunter-Reay
- 20 Pigot R
- 41 Hawksworth
- 14 Sato
- 5 Hinchcliffe OUT
- 10 Kanaan -1
- 12 Power OUT
- 15 Rahal OUT
- 7 Aleshin OUT