Scott Dixon didn’t mind that the 2012 Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix was shortened by 30 laps. He was happy to stand on the top step of the podium for his first win of the IZOD IndyCar Series season.
Dixon has finished second three times this season, most recently at the Indianapolis 500 last weekend. His last win in the series was at the Indy Japan 300, in September 2011. The Detroit win was the 28th of Dixon’s career and moves him past Johnny Rutherford into 11th spot on the IndyCar all-time list, just one win short of Rick Mears in tenth.
“It’s a nice way to come back,” Dixon said after the race. “I think we probably had 30 second-place finishes and, then, two almost DNF (did not finish).”
Just a week after he finished second at the Indy 500, Dixon swapped places with his Target Chip Ganassi teammate Dario Franchitti. Simon Pagenaud finished third in the race.
“I am super-happy for the team – a one-two finish for the Target boys for the second week in a row,” said Dixon. “I think for Team Target, the first time back-to-back one-two finishes. It’s pretty special.”
Dixon, who started in the pole position, never relinquished the lead during the 60-lap race. The Detroit grand prix was scheduled to run 90 laps, but a two-hour stoppage while crews worked to repair three sections of the track forced the race to be shortened by 30 laps.
“It was a fun day. Pretty crazy,” Dixon said, commenting on the two-hour stop. “I went back to the track, watched the ABC telecast from the truck, had some Frosted Flakes and came back out and did a 15-lap dash (to the finish).”
Franchitti gave full kudos to the work of crews patching the road surface during the two-hour stop.
“We’ve got to thank them for that,” the winner of last weekend’s Indy 500 said. “Unfortunately, there was a little bit of an issue, but quick fix and we went back to racing, which I think is a great test amount to the series and the organization for the job.”
The win for Dixon, moves him into second place on the IZOD IndyCar Series drivers’ standings. Dixon sits 26 points behind series leader Will Power and 29 points ahead of Helio Castroneves. Franchitti and James Hinchcliffe are tied for fourth, one point back of third place.
The Firestone 550, under the lights at the Texas Motor Speedway, is next on the IZOD IndyCar series schedule, on Saturday, June 9.