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Dixon gained by lower than half a second from Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal and Arrow McLaren’s Pato O’Ward.

Title contenders Alex Palou (Chip Ganassi Racing) and Josef Newgarden (Workforce Penske) endured a wild first lap wherein each made contact with Marcus Armstrong, with Newgarden dropping a lap as Palou escaped comparatively unscathed and completed within the high six.

Poleman Rahal led the 27-car area to the rolling begin, main team-mate Christian Lundgaard from the entrance row, however Andretti Autosport’s Devlin DeFrancesco made an unbelievable lunge across the outdoors from fifth on the grid to grab the lead.

Chaos then unfolded additional across the monitor, because the vehicles fanned out four-wide on the strategy to Flip 7. Palou backed out however, on the apex, team-mate Armstrong turned throughout his bows and so they made contact, with the third Ganassi automobile of Dixon getting spun round as he obtained into the again of Palou and was hit from behind by Romain Grosjean (Andretti).

Armstrong additionally spun and was stranded throughout the monitor, the place he was collected by first Grosjean after which Newgarden, who bounced up on high of Armstrong’s nostril and obtained caught.

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From 25th on the grid, after he certified 19th and took a six-place grid penalty for an engine change, Newgarden misplaced a lap getting restarted and returned to pits with no nostril part.

Dixon pitted below yellow on lap 5, however all was not misplaced as his poor qualifying would pay again within the race as he had further units of unused alternate tyres to take pleasure in all through his burn from the strict.

On the restart on lap 8, DeFrancesco led Rahal, O’Ward, Lundgaard, the McLarens of Alexander Rossi and Felix Rosenqvist and Scott McLaughlin (Penske). Kyle Kirkwood (Andretti) was eighth, regardless of a scare getting began off the dummy grid, forward of Palou.

Rossi handed Lundgaard for fourth at Flip 1 straight after the restart, whereas Rahal left it a lap longer to move DeFrancesco for the lead. Making good use of his alternate tyres, Rossi mirrored his earlier transfer on team-mate O’Ward on lap 9 after which handed DeFrancesco for second.

O’Ward overtook DeFrancesco at Flip 1 on lap 11 to go the first starters in third, with Lundgaard additionally shifting previous DeFrancesco on the identical tour at Flip 7, and Rosenqvist demoting him additional a lap later.

Lundgaard handed O’Ward for third, whereas Palou stumbled over getting round DeFrancesco, the 2 banging wheels and permitting Kirkwood to slide previous him for eighth. Kirkwood then dived into pitlane for an early first cease on lap 15, ditching his primaries for the preferable alternates. O’Ward stopped from fourth a few laps later to do likewise.

Alex Palou, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda

Picture by: Jake Galstad / Motorsport Images

Rahal led Rossi at one quarter distance by 1.2s, with Lundgaard 3s additional again. Palou was as much as fourth, with the fourth Ganassi entry, Marcus Ericsson, now as much as fifth from 17th on the grid.

Rossi pitted from second on lap 21, switching to contemporary primaries, with Rahal working three laps longer and switched to scrubbed primaries. He rejoined proper in entrance of Rossi and managed to maintain him at bay.

Lundgaard led till he pitted on lap 26, going for extra alternates, and he rejoined third simply behind Rossi. After a lap behind him, he took full use of his tyre compound benefit and overtook Rossi at Flip 1.

Lundgaard closed to inside 1s of Rahal by the midway level, whereas Palou pitted from third, simply rejoining behind Rossi, who was now again on alternates.

Rahal pitted once more on lap 48, compelled to modify to used primaries as he’d misplaced his Q3 alternates resulting from locking up on them. Lundgaard stayed out on his alternates, now with clear air to aim to overcut his team-mate.

Rahal countered by utilizing his push-to-pass at this crucial part, and retained his benefit when Lundgaard pitted two laps later for used primaries. However Lundgaard suffered a gradual cease resulting from a difficulty getting the refuelling hose related, dropping 3s to Rahal, and O’Ward jumped forward of him to seize second.

Regardless of a giant slide at Flip 12, Rahal pulled out a 5s lead over O’Ward, who was holding Lundgaard at bay, with Rossi an additional second again, forward of Palou. Within the last stops, O’Ward rejoined simply in entrance of Lundgaard and Rossi.

Rahal pitted for the ultimate time with 23 laps to go, taking used alternates for the ultimate stint. Having crushed everybody in his battle, it was Dixon’s utterly alternate technique that will repay.

Graham Rahal, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda

Graham Rahal, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda

Picture by: Jake Galstad / Motorsport Images

Dixon, who broke the all-time document for consecutive IndyCar begins together with his 319th that separates him from Tony Kanaan, routinely led laps through the pit cycles as he labored his approach again in the direction of the entrance. Having benefitted from the additional units of alternates that he didn’t get to make use of in qualifying, as the ultimate pitstop sequence unravelled, Dixon led by virtually 5s.

His solely concern was the actual fact he’d stopped 4 laps earlier than Rahal, who emptied his push-to-pass allocation to catch him. With 10 laps to go, the hole was simply over 3s.

Dixon misplaced time lapping Ryan Hunter-Reay (Ed Carpenter Racing), with the hole closing to below 2s, however Rahal obtained equally balked. With 5 laps to go, the hole was right down to 1.2s, as Dixon caught DeFrancesco to lap him, who jumped out of their approach.

Rahal was proper on his tail with two laps to go, however simply couldn’t trend a gap and Dixon held on to win by 0.4779s.

O’Ward completed a distant third, forward of Lundgaard, Rossi, Palou, Will Energy (Penske), McLaughlin, Kirkwood and Rinus VeeKay (ECR).

IndyCar Indianapolis Highway Course – race outcomes

Cla Driver  Automotive / Engine   Laps   Time   Delay 
9 Scott Dixon Dallara/Honda 85 1:51’24.7579  
15 Graham Rahal Dallara/Honda 85 1:51’25.2358 0.4779
5 Patricio O’Ward Dallara/Chevrolet 85 1:51’32.8504 8.0925
45 C.Lundgaard Dallara/Honda 85 1:51’34.0790 9.3211
7 Alexander Rossi Dallara/Chevrolet 85 1:51’34.5514 9.7935
12 Will Energy Dallara/Chevrolet 85 1:51’39.4508 14.6929
10 Alex Palou Dallara/Honda 85 1:51’42.4084 17.6505
3 Scott McLaughlin Dallara/Chevrolet 85 1:51’46.9556 22.1977
27 Kyle Kirkwood Dallara/Honda 85 1:51’48.1817 23.4238
10  8 Marcus Ericsson Dallara/Honda 85 1:51’55.1536 30.3957
11  21 R.van Kalmthout Dallara/Chevrolet 85 1:51’57.4307 32.6728
12  60 Linus Lundqvist Dallara/Honda 85 1:51’59.8769 35.1190
13  26 Colton Herta Dallara/Honda 85 1:52’07.1934 42.4355
14  30 Jack Harvey Dallara/Honda 85 1:52’11.7876 47.0297
15  06 H.Castroneves Dallara/Honda 85 1:52’12.9303 48.1724
16  18 David Malukas Dallara/Honda 85 1:52’26.6992 1’01.9413
17  77 Callum Ilott Dallara/Chevrolet 85 1:52’34.3544 1’09.5965
18  28 Romain Grosjean Dallara/Honda 84 1:50’52.9235  
19  29 D.Defrancesco Dallara/Honda 84 1:51’28.7685  
20  20 Ryan Hunter-Reay Dallara/Chevrolet 84 1:51’30.6138  
21  78 Agustín Canapino Dallara/Chevrolet 84 1:51’38.0810  
22  51 Sting Ray Robb Dallara/Honda 84 1:51’53.0587  
23  14 Santino Ferrucci Dallara/Chevrolet 84 1:52’16.5292  
24  11 Marcus Armstrong Dallara/Honda 83 1:51’45.8749  
25  2 Josef Newgarden Dallara/Chevrolet 83 1:52’13.2375  
26  55 B.Pedersen Dallara/Chevrolet 79 1:51’45.0036  
27  6 Felix Rosenqvist Dallara/Chevrolet 68 1:31’00.7320

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