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IndyCar Long Beach: Scott Dixon defeats Penske drivers to win

Scott Dixon ended his Long Beach hoodoo with a comfortable win on the southern Californian street circuit in Sunday's IndyCar race

The Ganassi driver was able to get around Juan Pablo Montoya early on to claim second, and then capitalised on a brief delay for then-leader Helio Castroneves during the first round of stops to leapfrog the Brazilian.

From that point on, he was never really under threat. By the third stint his lead over Castroneves was out to more than three seconds, and it settled to 2.2s when he crossed the line to take his first win at a venue where he had never previously finished higher than fourth.

Castroneves had a similarly straightforward run to the flag for second place, and it was left to the battle for third behind him to provide most of the late-race entertainment.

Initially it was a straight fight between Penske team-mates Juan Pablo Montoya and Simon Pagenaud, with Pagenaud pushing the Colombian hard right through the final stint.

Over the closing laps Tony Kanaan and Sebastien Bourdais closed in to make it a four-way fight, but nobody was able to make a move stick and the quartet crossed the line with their running order unchanged.

By Long Beach standards, the race was largely uneventful. The only caution period was early and brief; the cars spending just a couple of tours behind the safety car to allow a piece of debris to be retrieved on lap four.

The only real drama came during the first round of stops, when Luca Filippi stalled at the pit entry, and then Will Power did the same thing while trying to get around him.

Both were able to rejoin, but only after falling off the lead lap.

RESULTS - 80 laps

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1h37m35.2353s
2 Helio Castroneves Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 2.2221s
3 Juan Pablo Montoya Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 13.4862s
4 Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 13.7382s
5 Tony Kanaan Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 14.6249s
6 Sebastien Bourdais KVSH Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 15.0829s
7 Josef Newgarden CFH Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 18.8398s
8 Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 33.9476s
9 Carlos Munoz Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 34.9599s
10 Sebastian Saavedra Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 35.5359s
11 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda 37.4628s
12 James Hinchcliffe Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 38.7713s
13 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 40.3347s
14 Jack Hawksworth AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Honda 41.2744s
15 Charlie Kimball Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 44.3872s
16 Gabby Chaves Bryan Herta Autosport Dallara/Honda 46.6589s
17 Conor Daly Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 50.0574s
18 Takuma Sato AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Honda 53.8043s
19 James Jakes Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 1m39.7966s
20 Will Power Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1 Lap
21 Francesco Dracone Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 2 Laps
22 Luca Filippi CFH Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 3 Laps
23 Stefano Coletti KV Racing Technology Dallara/Chevrolet 11 Laps
- Rocky Moran Jr. Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda Withdrawn

DRIVERS' POINTS

Pos Driver Points
1 Juan Pablo Montoya 119
2 Helio Castroneves 116
3 Tony Kanaan 93
4 Scott Dixon 87
5 James Hinchcliffe 83
6 Will Power 80
7 Simon Pagenaud 73
8 Sebastien Bourdais 66
9 Josef Newgarden 66
10 Graham Rahal 62
11 Marco Andretti 61
12 Carlos Munoz 56
13 James Jakes 54
14 Ryan Hunter-Reay 51
15 Luca Filippi 50
16 Jack Hawksworth 48
17 Simona de Silvestro 44
18 Gabby Chaves 42
19 Charlie Kimball 40
20 Takuma Sato 37
21 Stefano Coletti 30
22 Sage Karam 23
23 Francesco Dracone 23
24 Sebastian Saavedra 20
25 Carlos Huertas 20
26 Conor Daly 13

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