Dixon Maintains Championship Lead Despite Texas Retirement While Kanaan Finishes On The Podium
Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon who started the Rainguard Water Sealers 600 at Texas Motor Speedway from second place on the grid alongside his team mate Charlie Kimball who scoured his first Verizon IndyCar Series pole position remains in the lead of the championship despite retiring from the race in the closing stages of the race.
The Iceman was hit by Andretti Autosport’s Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato with five laps to go in the race while the pair were challenging Penske’s Will Power for the lead of the race.
Dixon heads to Road America in two weeks with a 13 point lead in the championship over reigning series champion Simon Pagenaud.
Tony Kanaan in the No.10 NTT DATA Honda ended the race on the podium in second place behind winner Will Power despite being penalized with a 20 second stop and go penalty for causing an avoidable accident which saw a number of cars retire from the race. Speaking following the race, the Brazilian stated:
There was a bump going into Turn 3 there and I guess I moved up, and I really have to apologize to Hinch. “I don’t do those kind of things. I race people clean and I want people to race me clean. It was definitely an honest mistake.
“Got a penalty, paid a penalty and we finished second, so I guess it is what it is.
Kanaan went on to say:
It was a tough night, just very intense from the first to the last lap. I’m going to apologize to (James Hinchcliffe) for what happened – I just got up a little too high. We paid the price for my mistake. We got a penalty, paid the penalty, and we were able to finish second. I’m proud of the team for sticking with me and fighting our way back up front. It was just an intense race. A lot of things happened and you had to avoid a lot of things to finish. I’m not going to lie, I’m glad it’s over.
Max Chilton had another strong result in the No.8 Gallagher Honda as he finished the race in eighth place and speaking following the event he said:
That was a wild ride in Texas. I was hanging on for 200 laps, then the car started to come to me. Luckily half the field was taken out and it was easy to get into the mix because of attrition. With 20 (laps) to go we were competitive. Unfortunately with the incident, I collected (Scott) Dixon in the aftermath of that accident and that ended it for the Gallagher car.
Pole sitter Charlie Kimball was left disappointed in the No.83 Tresiba® Honda as he was forced to retire from the race due to a mechanical issue and speaking following the race he commented by saying:
I’m obviously gutted for the Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing guys. We had such a good day yesterday winning the pole and we had a lot of momentum heading into today’s race. The No. 83 Tresiba Honda was really fast and I believe we had a good chance to win tonight, which makes it even more frustrating that a mechanical failure ended our day. The guys did everything they could to get the 83 back out on track, but it just wasn’t in the cards for us. This one really hurts. I’m glad we have a weekend to regroup and get our heads back in the game for Road America.