Defending NTT IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon, driver of the No.9 PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing Honda retired from the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 at World Wide Technology Raceway last weekend and in doing so has dropped to fourth in the championship 43 points behind championship leader Pato O’Ward.

The Iceman retired on lap 65 through no fault of his own after being hit by Ed Carpenter Racing’s Rinus VeeKay. The resulting crash ended a 27 race finishing streak which dated back to the Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in 2019.

Dixon had completed 3,129 laps prior to the crash which took place on lap 65 of the race as he battled his Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Alex Palou in the No.10 American Legion Honda and Rinus VeeKay in the No.21 SONAX Chevrolet.

Speaking following the crash, Alex Palou commented saying:

I thought I was on the outside, and suddenly I got hit. “I had plenty of room with Scott, and Scott had plenty of room with the guy in front, and we just got hit. There was no space there. I don’t know where he (VeeKay) wanted to go.

“It was hard to get up to the top 10. We just wanted to have a clean race, we just wanted to get some points, and I thought we had a good race car. Nothing we could do today. It’s just a shame it played out like that.

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