Motor City: IndyCar Star Scott Dixon Triumphs at Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, Gustavo Yacaman Claims Indy Lights Win
It had only been a week since Scott Dixon witnessed his teammate’s gloriously emotional victory at the Indy 500.
And after two second-place finishes this year, Oakley’s IndyCar star was inspired enough to grab his own triumph in top form, taking the victory at the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix in dramatic fashion after an exhilarating dash to the finish from pole.
“That was nice,” Scott said, rocking his Oakley eyewear, racing boots and racing gloves. “After some second place-finishes, that was a nice way to come back. In the rain, I was slipping and sliding. I thought I’d spun one time. It was a fun day, even though I would have chewed my nails to the bone towards the finish had I been able to take off my gloves. I’d like to give a lot of credit to everyone at IndyCar and the Detroit staff for getting the track back in shape so we could race.”
Sketchy conditions, potholes and other challenges on the track rendered the task less-than-easy, but the IndyCar veteran and two-time champion charged through to the win – leading 60 laps during the construction-shortened event.
Stopping for slightly more than two hours during thee day, the race was definitely bizarre, halting 45 laps in. But Scott lead the pack the entire way through, really gapping the field after the final restart on Lap 55 for his first victory on the season.
Fellow O star Dario Franchitti, who took the win last weekend in Indianapolis, took the runner-up spot.
“It’s a nice way to come back.”
A day before the main event in Detroit, Oakley young gun Gustavo Yacaman claimed his own glory in Motor City at the Indy Lights race Saturday.
The Columbian speed demon took the lead on Lap 26 – never looking back and charging his way to his first win on the year and his second overall.