After crashing out of the first round of weekend Saturday, Scott Dixon recovered to win the second Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix race on Sunday. Dixon piloted his No. 9 PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing Honda almost two second victory as he dodged five caution flags on Sunday to capture the win.
Dixon led a race high 44 laps on Sunday while navigating the streets of Belle Isle under sunny skies after yesterdays race was shortened because of rain and lightning. Rookie Marcus Ericsson finished second, his first NTT IndyCar Series podium in only his seventh start. Will Power recovered from early race mechanical issues to finish in third place.
The midpoint of the race saw an incident which dramatically changed the outcome of the race Sunday. James Hinchcliffe pitted his No. 5 Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda on lap 33 for fresh Firestone black tires and returned to the track right in front of leaders Josef Newgarden and Alexander Rossi. In a daring move, Newgarden dove to the inside of Hinchcliffe was the three headed into turn three, but overshot the corner, sending him spinning into the tire wall. Hinchcliffe followed suit with his left front running into Newgarden’s right front, resulting in suspension damage for Newgarden. Rossi would also spin and make contact with the rear of Hinchcliffe’s car, with Rossi able to continue seconds later with no damage.
Despite his poor finish, Newgarden still holds the lead in the standings heading into next weekend’s race at Texas Motor Speedway. His lead is 15 points over Alexander Rossi and 25 points ahead of Indianapolis 500 winner Simon Pagenaud.
The next round of the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season will be contested at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday, June 8th. The race can be viewed live under the lights on NBCSN at 8pm EST.
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