Scott Dixon Wins Chaotic IndyCar Detroit Grand Prix

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(Penske Entertainment: Joe Skibinski)
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(Penske Entertainment: Joe Skibinski)

Experience paid off.

Scott Dixon survived and thrived an accident-filled IndyCar Detroit Grand Prix to pick up his 58th career win.

The race began with a pileup in the first turn after the green flag flew (turn 3 of the circuit) as Will Power spun and caused a traffic jam behind him.

Seven more yellow flags would fly through lap 73, with 47 of 100 laps run under caution.

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A short rain shower caused several cars to go off track and led to a short-lived switch to rain tires for much of the field. After switching back to slicks, pole-sitter Colton Herta made a move inside Alex Palou from 10th and found a wet patch concrete that caused him to slide into the tire barrier, ending his chances of winning.

Points leader Palou would later collide with Josef Newgarden and end up with a 16th place finish.

Things settled down after the final yellow flag period ended with Marcus Armstrong, Kyle Kirkwood and Marcus Ericsson chasing Dixon, who was managing fuel but managed to stay out front.

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Herta came back into the picture late as Dixon lapped him with five laps to go, which gave him a buffer that allowed him to hold off a closing Ericsson, who followed him across the finish line ahead of Armstrong and Kirkwood.

“After the Month of May we had, it was really, really tough mentally,” Ericsson told IndyCar.com.

“We had so much pace. One more lap, and we might have been able to get that win. But great day.”

The win moved Dixon to the top of the season points standings and just nine victories behind A.J. Foyt on the all-time wins list.

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