Oakley's Scott Dixon On Target in Kansas
It took him exactly 1:43:21.0035 to do it. He did it at a brilliantly fast average speed 176.488 mph. And he did it with an eye blink margin of victory of 0.7104 of a second On Sunday, April 26, 2008, Target Chip Ganassi wheelman Scott Dixon won the Road Runner Turbo 300 at Kansas Speedway.
“We were trimmed to win,” smiled the New Zealander afterwards, relieved to be a winner after the two woeful 16th and 15th place finishes he began the 2009 IndyCar series with. “It’s still very tight and we’re still within a shot to win this championship. We’re definitely looking strong going into Indy.”
Not only was the win – the 17th of his career and the 10th on an oval – a total reversal of fortune for Dixon, it also booted him right up to a solid fourth in the 2009 IndyCar point standings. Finishing second to Dixon on the frigid, wins whipped afternoon in Kansas City, Kansas was Team Penske’s Helio Castroneves. Andretti-Green pilot Tony Kanaan placed third.
All things considered, it was certainly Dixon’s day, the Oakley driver’s Honda powered Dallara leading laps 155 through 200, flying around the 1.5-mile oval and 210 miles per hour
Next stop for the Dixon and the 2009 IndyCar Series: The Indianapolis 500. The teams of the IndyCar Series will now rush towards the Hoosier State as practice for the world’s most prestigious auto race begins in just 10 days.