Scott Dixon, driver of the No. 9 PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing Honda, captured his third win of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season in Toronto, Ontario, Canada this afternoon. Dixon led 49 of the 85 scheduled laps on his way to victory, his 44th victory of his career.
Title contender and 2017 champion Josef Newgarden started the race from pole and lead a majority of the opening stages of the race with Dixon close behind. A yellow flag on lap 22 slowed the field and eliminated title contenders Ryan Hunter-Reay, Alexander Rossi and Will Power from contention in separate incidents.
When the race restarted leader Newgarden would run wide coming onto the front stretch brushing the wall and handing the lead to Scott Dixon while Robert Wickens charged to second in the melee. Dixon would not relinquish the lead the rest of the race leading to the checkered flag.
The field would not make it through turn one cleanly as Graham Rahal tagged Max Chilton sending him spinning and creating a bottleneck collecting Ryan Hunter-Reay, Alexander Rossi and Sebastian Bourdais. Rossi would have to settle for an eighth place finish while Josef Newgarden would finish ninth.
Simon Pagenaud would finish second to Dixon while rookie Robert Wickens continued his top five runs and finished third. Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver James Hinchcliffe would finish fourth following his win at Iowa Speedway, which Charlie Kimball would finish fifth, his best finish of the 2018 season.
Point Standings after Toronto:
- Scott Dixon – 464
- Josef Newgarden – 402
- Alexander Rossi – 394
- Ryan Hunter-Reay – 373
- Will Power – 371
The next round of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series takes place at Mid-Ohio for the Honda Indy 200.
Photo credit to Autosport and IndyCar
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