IndyCar Series 2017
・Scott Dixon scores Honda’s sixth IndyCar Series win of 2017
・Extends his championship points lead
・Charlie Kimball runs sixth in his Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (June 25, 2017) – Scott Dixon provided a master class in Verizon IndyCar Series racecraft on Sunday at Road America, taking charge of the Kohler Grand Prix midway through the 220-mile contest and fending off all challengers to claim his first victory of 2017, and the sixth of the year for Honda.
Dixon pushed his Chip Ganassi Racing Honda from fifth on the grid to third in the opening stint of the 55-lap race, and stayed out for one additional lap during the second run to gain another position. Dixon then passed Josef Newgarden of Team Penske for the lead on a Lap 31 restart. Except for turning over the lead to teammate Charlie Kimball for a single lap in an exchange of pit stops on Lap 43, Dixon remained in control for the rest of the race, despite fierce pressure from Newgarden in the closing laps.
The victory was the first of the year for Dixon, but the 41st of his career, moving him to within one win of tying Michael Andretti for third in career Indy car victories. It also extends his lead in the 2017 IndyCar Series Drivers’ Championship, with 379 points to 345 points for defending champion Simon Pagenaud.
In addition to leading a lap and running in the lead group throughout the contest, Kimball also had his best result of the season with a sixth-place run in his Chip Ganassi Racing Honda. Ed Jones continued his impressive rookie season with Dale Coyne Racing with a seventh-place finish. Graham Rahal worked an “off-sequence,” four-pit-stop strategy to his best advantage to finish eighth, with Max Chilton ninth and Mikhail Aleshin – despite missing Friday practice due to a travel Visa issue – rounding out the top 10.
Video recaps from this weekend’s Honda IndyCar Series racing activities Road America, as well as Acura Motorsports action in the Pirelli World Challenge and at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, are available on the "Honda Racing/HPD" YouTube channel. Produced by the Carolinas Production Group, the video packages can be found at: https://www.youtube.com/HondaRacingHPDTV.
After a weekend at the longest track on the Verizon IndyCar Series schedule, and championship next returns to the shortest, the Iowa Speedway oval, for the July 9 Iowa Corn 300.
|1||Scott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Racing)|
|2||Josef Newgarden (Team Penske)|
|3||Helio Castroneves (Team Penske)|
|4||Simon Pagenaud (Team Penske)|
|5||Will Power (Team Penske)|
|6||Charlie Kimball (Chip Ganassi Racing)|
|7||Ed Jones (Dale Coyne Racing)|
|8||Graham Rahal (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing)|
|9||Max Chilton (Chip Ganassi Racing)|
|10||Mikhail Aleshin (Schmidt Peterson Motorsports)|
|13||Alexander Rossi (Andretti Herta Autosport with Curb-Agajanian)|
|14||Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Autosport)|
|17||Esteban Gutierrez (Dale Coyne Racing)|
|18||Marco Andretti (Andretti Autosport)|
|19||Takuma Sato (Andretti Autosport)|
|20||James Hinchcliffe (Schmidt Peterson Motorsports)|
|21||Tony Kanaan (Chip Ganassi Racing)|