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Scott Dixon wins 4th Detroit Grand Prix, becomes first IndyCar driver to win 2 this season | The National Sport

DETROIT (AP) — Scott Dixon won a record fourth Grand Prix at Detroit, surviving competition in a caution-filled race Sunday to become the first IndyCar driver with two wins this season.

The six-time IndyCar Series champion won his 58th career race, trailing only AJ Foyt’s total of 67 in the series. Dixon, who is from New Zealand, broke a tie in the Detroit Grand Prix record books with Will Power and Helio Castroneves.

The Chip Ganassi Racing driver finished nearly a second ahead of Marcus Ericsson, followed by Marcus Armstrong, Kyle Kirkwood and Alexander Rossi.

In the shadow of General Motors’ world headquarters, Honda dominated in Detroit, with only Rossi cracking the top five in a Chevrolet.

Josef Newgarden had a humbling afternoon one day after Team Penske announced a multi-year contract extension with the back-to-back Indianapolis 500 winner. Late in the race, Newgarden lost control of the rear of his car – with no one around – and hit a wall to finish 26th in the 27-car field.

The Detroit Grand Prix got off to a rocky start and failed to find much flow for most of the afternoon due to a series of cautions that hampered the 100-lap race.

Theo Pourchaire hit Power from the back in the third turn of Turn 1, entangling multiple cars in a rare spot to get past the short, bumpy track.

Santino Ferrucci, whose driving angered Kyle Kirkwood in practice on Saturday, tried to get around Castroneves and clipped him. Castroneves, a four-time Indy 500 champion, was filling in for the struggling Tom Blomqvist for Meyer Shank Racing in hopes of picking up points to finish 25th.

As if the tight track wasn’t enough of a challenge, the conditions added another obstacle on the 2.6-mile, nine-turn street course near the banks of the Detroit River.

Overnight rain washed away some rubber from the street circuit and sporadic showers made it slick in places.

Colton Herta, who led 31 laps early in the race, tried to make an aggressive inside move midway through the race and lost control of the No. 1 Honda. 26, sending her into a tire barrier and leading to a 19th place finish.

IT FOLLOWS

IndyCar moves to Road America in Wisconsin on Sunday, putting drivers in their cars to compete for the third week in a row.


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