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Texas IndyCar: Scott Dixon dominates in Ganassi one-two

Scott Dixon dominated the Texas Motor Speedway IndyCar race to lead a Ganassi one-two on Saturday night

The New Zealander took the lead from team-mate Tony Kanaan during the third round of stops, and as the race progressed it became increasingly clear that he was going to be hard to match on equal terms.

To that end, a small cluster of drivers including Marco Andretti, Carlos Munoz, James Jakes and Simon Pagenaud made their final stop early and gambled on a late yellow. That got Andretti and Munoz up to the front towards the end, but they were desperately lean on fuel.

With 10 laps to go they were running a full 10mph slower than the cars around them, and were rapidly swallowed up.

Kanaan, meanwhile, had run closely with Dixon during the middle portion of the race, but lost touch over the final couple of stints.

He was over eight seconds behind Dixon over the final laps, and eventually crossed the line 7.8s down on his team-mate.

"Big credit to the team," said Dixon. "We were not sure what downforce to run towards the end and were struggling with that.

"We made some big changes after the first stop. We knew we had a good car, just needed to get it dialled in."

Team Penske had looked strong early on, and while it had no answer for Ganassi over the final stints, it still managed to get Helio Castroneves across the line in third ahead of Juan Pablo Montoya, whose finishing position belied the fact that he'd had a slow stop and spent most of the night battling poor handling.

Indeed, Dixon's dominance aside, tyre wear and handling problems were the story of the race.

Polesitter Will Power spent the evening marching steadily backwards to 13th, four laps down on the leaders, while Ryan Hunter-Reay's miserable season continued with the 2012 champion crossing the line seven laps down.

Unusually, the evening was interrupted by just one brief caution for debris, and the small handful of retirees - which included both CFH cars dropping out within two laps - were victims of assorted mechanical problems.

RESULTS - 248 LAPS:

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1h52m47.8511s
2 Tony Kanaan Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 7.8000s
3 Helio Castroneves Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 9.9446s
4 Juan Pablo Montoya Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 10.4608s
5 Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 26.0947s
6 Carlos Munoz Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1 Lap
7 Charlie Kimball Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1 Lap
8 Ryan Briscoe Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 1 Lap
9 James Jakes Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 1 Lap
10 Gabby Chaves Bryan Herta Autosport Dallara/Honda 2 Laps
11 Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 2 Laps
12 Sage Karam Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 3 Laps
13 Will Power Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 4 Laps
14 Sebastien Bourdais KVSH Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 4 Laps
15 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda 5 Laps
16 Takuma Sato AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Honda 5 Laps
17 Pippa Mann Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 6 Laps
18 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 7 Laps
19 Stefano Coletti KV Racing Technology Dallara/Chevrolet 9 Laps
20 Tristan Vautier Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda Mechanical
21 Josef Newgarden CFH Racing Dallara/Chevrolet Mechanical
22 Ed Carpenter CFH Racing Dallara/Chevrolet Mechanical
23 Jack Hawksworth AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Honda Mechanical

LEADING CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS:

Pos Driver Points
1 Juan Pablo Montoya 348
2 Will Power 313
3 Scott Dixon 305
4 Helio Castroneves 286
5 Graham Rahal 261
6 Marco Andretti 255
7 Sebastien Bourdais 244
8 Josef Newgarden 215
9 Tony Kanaan 215
10 Charlie Kimball 214
11 Simon Pagenaud 213
12 Carlos Munoz 208
13 Ryan Hunter-Reay 183
14 Takuma Sato 180
15 James Jakes 155
16 Gabby Chaves 153
17 Jack Hawksworth 135
18 James Hinchcliffe 129
19 Luca Filippi 120
20 Stefano Coletti 115


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