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Dixon: “Wonderful” to match Mario Andretti’s win tally, snap dry spell

The six-time IndyCar champion handed polesitter Colton Herta for the lead when the Andretti Autosport driver was nonetheless bringing his tyres as much as temperature having pitting one lap later than Dixon, and held on to win by 0.8 seconds after 85 laps of the Canadian street track.

His 52nd profession victory meant the Chip Ganassi Racing driver drew degree with Mario Andretti within the all-time win stakes, albeit 15 behind record-holder AJ Foyt.

It additionally prolonged his run of IndyCar seasons with at the least one win to 20 and marks the 18th consecutive season through which he has gained a race, having final gone winless in Ganassi’s robust 2004 season with Toyota engines.

Dixon, whose final win had come at Texas within the third spherical of the 2021 season, strikes as much as fifth within the standings, simply 44 behind team-mate and factors chief Marcus Ericsson.

Talking about equalling the win document of four-time champion Andretti, Dixon stated: “It is wonderful to be near Mario.

“I am simply so grateful that he and AJ [Foyt] are within the pits and we get to speak to them. It is enormous, it feels so good to be part of this group.”

Mario Andretti hit Twitter to say: “Utmost respect for my buddy @scottdixon9 and actually completely satisfied to congratulate him on 52 wins.

“Additionally congratulate his group as a result of no person does it alone. I hope that is only a step in your persevering with journey. Nicely executed.”

Scott Dixon, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda

Scott Dixon, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda

Picture by: Gavin Baker / Motorsport Images

Dixon, who had CGR technical director Chris Simmons again on race engineer duties along with his #9 automotive for the primary time since 2019 whereas common race engineer Michael Cannon was engaged on a secret challenge at Ganassi’s Indianapolis race store, revealed after the race that he had struggled with rear tyre degradation after making some changes after the warm-up.

Talking to Peacock, Dixon stated: “It was a troublesome drive. Ended a streak there, which is simply implausible.

“It has been a humorous 12 months for the #9 and I nonetheless really feel dangerous for what occurred within the 500 [when he was hit with a pitlane speeding penalty whereas in rivalry to win].

“Being again in Winners’ Circle feels good, and large due to Honda, as a result of getting that gas mileage at present was really easy.”

Requested about his latest remark concerning the necessity to get on a roll so as to declare the title and match Foyt for the IndyCar document of seven championships, Dixon stated: “I am hoping that is the beginning of the roll. The group has been working as arduous as any.”

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