Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon in the No.9 PNC Bank Honda got caught up in the turn 3 accident a Portland International Raceway on Sunday on the opening lap of the Portland Grand Prix.

The Iceman started the race from eleventh place on the grid managed to get back on track and fight his way back to a fifth place finish.

Crucially, Dixon finished the race ahead Alexander Rossi, his main rival for this year’s championship.

Dixon heads to Sonoma in just under two weeks time with a 29 point lead in the championship and speaking following the race he said:

“It was a huge day for the team today and feels like a win for us. The points, whatever it is, is not a huge amount. I couldn’t see anything once I got off in the dirt at the start, it was just dust everywhere. Then I kept getting hit and hit and thought, ‘Oh, this isn’t going to be good.’ Luckily, we were able to keep the PNC Bank car running, back up from the incident and continue. What a crazy day.”

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