Pole to Triumph: IndyCar Star Scott Dixon Sweeps Weekend at Mid-Ohio, Franchitti Grabs Second
Tally a sweep for Scott Dixon.
Oakley’s IndyCar star boldly grabbed a victory from pole this past weekend for a full weekend triumph at the Honda Indy 200, overtaking fellow O driver Dario Franchitti on Lap 61 to cross the finish 7.6508 seconds ahead.
The win marks the Kiwi speedster’s third career win at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and his first win this season. The result also pushes him to second in the overall championship standings.
“On the (Lap 61) restart I was going to try to get beside him, but I got a bit of a jump and I out-braked him going into Turn 4,” Scott said, rocking his Oakley Frogskins on the podium. “It was a bit touch and go but he’s a true professional and gave me plenty of room.”
Even better, his domination of the race racked him up points to further challenge Will Power for the top ranking.
“It was helluva effort by Team Target; they didn’t put a foot wrong. The car was superb this weekend. Sorry to make it so boring toward the end of the race, but I didn’t mind (winning by more than 6 seconds).
Dario, despite his runner-up result, had nothing but praise for his teammate.
“Let’s be honest, Scott had one of those days,” Dario said. “He was on a different course today and deserved to win it. From the time we came here for the test (July 28) he’s been on a mission.”
The Scotsman powered through an incident in the opening lap when he and Power touched wheels – allowing for the Oakley 1-2 finish.
“Good points day for us despite Will’s best efforts at the start to spin me around. We managed to get out of that and I think it was a great job in a tough race.”
Congratulations to both Scott and Dario for an amazing weekend!