IndyCar Series 2017
• Scott Dixon takes championship battle into final two races
• Sixth top-six finish of season for Alexander Rossi
• Sebastien Bourdais returns from injury to finish 10th
MADISON, Ill. (Aug. 26, 2017) – Scott Dixon continued his fight for the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series Championship with a determined second-place finish Saturday night at Gateway Motorsports Park, as the series returned to the metro St. Louis in front of a large, enthusiastic audience after a 14-year absence.
Starting seventh, Dixon moved to the outside and successfully avoided an opening-lap crash that eliminated several contenders, including an innocent Takuma Sato, who was collected by a spinning Ed Carpenter. Taking the restart in fifth, Dixon remained in the lead group through the final round of pit stops on Lap 200, where he emerged in third.
With 30 laps remaining in the 248-lap contest, Dixon took advantage of light contact between Simon Pagenaud and Josef Newgarden to move around Pagenaud. Dixon went on to finish second, just sixth-tenths of a second behind Newgarden. As a result, the pair are now 1-2 in the championship, with Dixon 31 points behind Newgarden heading into next weekend’s race at Watkins Glen, where he has four career Indy car race victories.
Behind Dixon, Alexander Rossi continued his late-season run of strong results, taking the checkers in sixth following runs of third, sixth and second in the previous three races. Charlie Kimball surged to seventh in the final 50 laps, his best result since finishing sixth at Road America, while James Hinchcliffe brought his Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda home in eighth.
Making his first start since suffering multiple hip fractures in a crash during qualifying for the Indianapolis 500, Sebastien Bourdais completed his recovery process with a 10th-place finish tonight.
Video recaps from this weekend’s Honda IndyCar Series action at Gateway Motorsports Park, as well as Acura Motorsports activities from Virginia International Raceway, 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.
The Verizon IndyCar Series continues its stretch run to the finish of the 2017 season with next weekend’s penultimate race: the IndyCar Grand Prix at the Glen, September 3 at Watkins Glen International Raceway in upstate New York.
|1||Josef Newgarden (Team Penske)|
|2||Scott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Racing)|
|3||Simon Pagenaud (Team Penske)|
|4||Helio Castroneves (Team Penske)|
|5||Conor Daly (A.J. Foyt Racing)|
|6||Alexander Rossi (Andretti Herta Autosport with Curb-Agajanian)|
|7||Charlie Kimball (Chip Ganassi Racing)|
|8||James Hinchcliffe (Schmidt Peterson Motorsports)|
|9||Carlos Munoz (A.J. Foyt Racing)|
|10||Sebastien Bourdais (Dale Coyne Racing)|
|11||Sebastian Saavedra (Schmidt Peterson Motorsports)|
|12||Graham Rahal (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing)|
|13||Ed Jones (Dale Coyne Racing)|
|14||Marco Andretti (Andretti Autosport)|
|15||Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Autosport)|
|16||Tony Kanaan (Chip Ganassi Racing)|
|17||Max Chilton (Chip Ganassi Racing)|
|19||Takuma Sato (Andretti Autosport)|