Dixon, Energy Achieve Floor on Chief Ericsson

The warning of objects looming bigger within the mirror than anticipated is acquainted, particularly in the case of Scott Dixon within the NTT INDYCAR SERIES standings late in a season.

As with many previous seasons, Dixon is steadily gaining on the sector. If he can proceed the cost, the six-time sequence champion would possibly safe his record-tying seventh title. Solely A.J. Foyt has gained seven INDYCAR SERIES season championships.

Dixon delivered one other stable run Sunday at Iowa Speedway, ending fourth within the Hy-Vee Salute to Farmers 300 offered by Google. He entered the weekend 44 factors out of the lead and heads to the ultimate 5 races of the season in fourth place, 34 factors behind Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Marcus Ericsson. Notice that Dixon was sixth within the standings earlier than successful the Honda Indy Toronto on July 17.

Formally, Dixon drove from the 18th beginning place Sunday, however he stated the acquire “was greater than that” after he dropped a number of positions initially of the 300-lap race.

“I attempted to assault on the final (restart), however I couldn’t pull it off,” the driving force of the No. 9 PNC Financial institution Chip Ganassi Racing Honda stated. “The highest three there have been very fast, and I don’t assume we had the last word tempo on the early laps. On the long term was actually good for us, and I believe that’s what was good for us right this moment to go all these vehicles.”

Dixon went on to name it “a superb factors day.”

Will Energy (No. 12 Verizon Staff Penske Chevrolet) additionally gained factors on Ericsson, who completed sixth within the second race of the weekend doubleheader. Energy had slipped to 3rd within the standings after Staff Penske teammate Josef Newgarden gained Saturday’s Hy-VeeDeals.com 250 Introduced by DoorDash, however finishes of third and second on the wicked-fast quick observe allowed Energy to achieve massively heading to subsequent weekend’s Gallagher Grand Prix, a race on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway highway course the place he has gained a series-leading 5 occasions.

Energy arrived at Iowa Speedway with a 35-point deficit to Ericsson, then gained 13 factors within the weekend’s first race. He gained one other 14 on Sunday to attract to inside eight of the lead. Energy gained his solely sequence title in 2014, however he has important expertise in these battles with seven top-three finishes.

“You’d like to get the win,” he stated. “I led some laps (80), and I believe we had been actually quick. However, yeah, it’s actually cool to get the Verizon Chevy on the rostrum once more and shut up the factors lead.

“We’re going to get certainly one of these wins quickly.”

Johnson Robust Once more

Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Carvana Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) had extra to point out for his Sunday drive, his second consecutive stable effort.

In truth, the fifth-place end was a profession greatest for him within the NTT INDYCAR SERIES. He was sturdy till the top, passing teammate Ericsson within the late going. Whereas the go price Ericsson two championship factors, he stated Johnson deserved the place.

“You possibly can inform he’s skilled on the ovals,” the Swede stated. “He was doing a extremely good job of putting his automotive and putting it the place I wasn’t. You could possibly inform he’s skilled, and I’m nonetheless studying on the ovals, particularly quick ovals. Nevertheless it was enjoyable, very enjoyable.”

Stated Johnson: “I race my teammates with essentially the most respect that I probably can. Each race I’ve been in I’ve given away (positions), and this was the primary time that I’ve fought for a place (with them) as a result of I felt like I ought to have been up there passing (Dixon for fourth place). I made a mistake and acquired up within the marbles. I felt a (top-three end) was inside attain.”

Rookies on the Rise

There was a lot consideration on the entrance of the sector and rightly so, however a bit deeper within the 26-car discipline had been a pair of rookies who had sturdy weekends.

David Malukas completed eighth within the No. 18 HMD Honda of Dale Coyne Racing with HMD, and Callum Ilott positioned eleventh within the No. 77 Juncos Hollinger Racing Chevrolet. Every completed on the lead lap.

Malukas’ end allowed him to attract to inside 4 factors of Christian Lundgaard (No. 30 Defend Cleansers Honda of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing) within the Rookie of the Yr contest. Lundgaard, who completed tenth in Saturday’s race, was sidelined Sunday with a mechanical failure after 112 laps.

Lundgaard and Malukas are sixteenth and seventeenth within the general standings. Ilott is twenty first, 58 factors behind Lundgaard.

Odds and Ends

  • Three-time INDYCAR SERIES champion Bobby Rahal advised the Related Press on Sunday {that a} routine bodily Might 5 confirmed he suffered a coronary heart assault with full blockage. He had triple bypass surgical procedure June 6.
  • Early within the race, Energy obtained stable recommendation from his Staff Penske crew. “Bear in mind to maintain respiratory,” he was advised.
  • Sequence rookie Kyle Kirkwood (No. 14 Sexton Properties Chevrolet of AJ Foyt Racing) introduced out the race’s first warning when he drifted into the Flip 1 wall. Kirkwood’s automotive was on the skin of Rinus VeeKay (No. 21 Bitcoin Racing Staff with BitNile Chevrolet of Ed Carpenter Racing) when race chief Josef Newgarden drove between them. That pushed Kirkwood within the slippery space of the observe. “The automotive simply didn’t flip,” he stated.
  • Along with concert events of Tim McGraw, Florida Georgia Line, Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton, the Hy-Vee INDYCAR Race Weekend featured four-time Olympic gold medalist gymnast Shawn Johnson East and entertainer Mark Wahlberg as grand marshals. Wahlberg described Hy-Vee CEO Randy Edeker as a “companion and mentor.”
  • Groups should regroup in hurry as this stretch of 5 races in 4 weekends continues with Saturday’s Gallagher Grand Prix on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway highway course at midday ET Saturday. INDYCAR joins NASCAR on this tripleheader that features the Cup and Xfinity Sequence.

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