ELKHART LAKE, Wis – Will Power’s early race problems was a great sight for Scott Dixon to see. Not only did he get one spot further up in the running order in just one lap, but one of his main challengers for the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series championship already had an issue.
Despite starting eighth for Sunday’s Kohler Grand Prix, none of Dixon’s competitors thought he’d remain there. He proved them right.
By the end of the first pit sequence on Lap 14-15, Dixon, was fighting for a spot in the top five. Then, the Chip Ganassi Racing driver was able to go one lap further than everyone else and came out sixth when the sequence was over. By the end of the next stint, Dixon was fighting for third.
He’d make it past Alexander Rossi by the time he hit pit road on Lap 29 and was in third by Lap 30.
Scott Dixon doing Scott Dixon things. He’d not have enough time to make up anymore ground though as he’d have to settle for a third place finish in his No. 9 Honda. The defending Road America winner nearly did what he did last year, again. Still, he’ll take the podium, his fifth in the last six races. It was Dixon’s 101st career podium and 148th career top five. He trails AJ Foyt for second in each category, 18 shy for second in podiums and one shy for second ever in top fives.
Prior to the Month of May, Dixon’s best finish of the season was fourth in Phoenix. Since the Month of May, Dixon’s worst finish is fourth in the second race at Belle Isle.
No ones scored more points than him and with Power, Alexander Rossi and Sebastien Bourdais seeing problems during Sunday’s 55 Lap race in Elkhart Lake, Dixon’s chance for a fifth series title is looking better and better. He leads both Ryan Hunter-Reay and Rossi by 45 points heading to Iowa.