Target Chip Ganassi Racing Team’s Scott Dixon secured his 39th Verizon IndyCar Series victory at the Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix under lights at Phoenix International Raceway.
The reigning series champion kept Team Penske’s Simon Pagenaud and Will Power behind him following a big fight towards the end of the race.
It was a great race for the Steak N’Shake Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Team car ending the race as the highest Honda finisher coming through the field from 19th place on the grid to fifth place.
Josef Newgarden in the No.21 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet ended the race in sixth place just ahead of Max Chilton who drove a great race in the No.8 Gallagher Chip Ganassi Racing Team Chevrolet. Sebastien Bourdais finished the race in eighth place in the KVSH Racing No.11 Team Hydroxycut Chevrolet.
Juan Pablo Montoya led the race in the No.2 Verizon Team Chevrolet until he suffered a cut on a rear tyre sent him down the field and down a lap however the winner of the opening race in St Pete was able to make his way back through the field and onto the lead lap ending the race in ninth place.
Ryan Hunter Reay rounded out the top ten in the No.28 DHL Honda Andretti Autosport car just ahead of pole sitter Helio Castroneves in the No.3 REV Group Team Penske Chevrolet as the Brazilian suffered the same tyre issue as Juan Pablo Montoya.
Charlie Kimball ended the race in 12th place in the No.83 Tresiba Chip Ganassi Racing Team Chevrolet just ahead of the Andretti Autosport pairing of Marco Andretti and Alexander Rossi. Takuma Sato ended the race in the No.14 ABC Supply AJ Foyt Racing Honda in 15th place just ahead of Conor Daly in the No.18 Jonathan Byrd’s Racing Dale Coyne Honda.
It was a tough day for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports as Mikhail Aleshin ended the day in 17th place while James Hinchcliffe ended the race in 18th place in the No.5 Arrow Electronics Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda machine.
Jack Hawksworth was classified in 19th place for AJ Foyt Racing just ahead of Luca Filippi while Ed Carpenter and Carlos Munoz were the only to retirements. The Verizon IndyCar Series moves to Long Beach for the next race with Simon Pagenaud as the points leader