Pocano: IndyCar Veteran Scott Dixon Triumphs in PA, Franchitti Claims Third
It hasn’t exactly been a glorious year for the Chip Ganassi Racing team in IndyCar.
But in a dramatic turn of events, that changed. Fast.
Scott Dixon blasted his way to his first victory of the season on the 2.5-mile triangle, leading the way for Ganassi’s sweep of the day during the first open-wheel race on the course since 1989. Fellow Oakley and CGR driver, Dario Franchitti, snatched third.
“I didn’t think we’d be sitting here,” he said in disbelief following the win. "Considering the crazy and poor results we’ve had throughout the year, it’s still astonishing that we are fourth in the (standings).”
But the year thus far wasn’t reflected in Scott and Dario’s brilliant driving throughout the event.
With Marco Andretti posing the biggest threat – leading 88 of the 160 laps – it largely came down to fuel mileage at the end of the day.
As Andretti rolled into pit lane for fuel on Lap 31, Scott and Dario’s Hondas were still in good shape. And with the lack of a late caution period to allow the field to reset, Oakley’s dynamic duo charged through to the end as Andretti sputtered to the checkered flag in 10th with no more gas in his tank.
It was smooth sailing from there as Scott would lead the team’s first-ever podium sweep in any of the motorsports disciplines in which they race.
His solid “W” tallies his 30th career victory – just a single win short of Dario and Sebastien Bourdais.
“Just fantastic,” Scott continued. “We got a lot of help today.”