Race win goes begging as disaster strikes Dixon at Road America

Scott Dixon's IndyCar title hopes took a hit today at Road America for the Kohler Grand Prix, the Target Chip Ganassi driver failing to finish the ninth round of the series.


Dixon made a positive start to his Road America campaign. Starting second he slotted in behind pole sitter Will Power on the run down to turn one, the field behind franticly diced for position. Jack Hawksworth was the earliest casualty as he spun on his own at turn five.


Leading the way after lap one, Power led the first lap from Dixon, Tony Kanaan, Simon Pagenaud, Graham Rahal, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Helio Castroneves, Carlos Munoz, Conor Daly, and Charlie Kimball.


By lap three, Dixon began to close the gap to Power as the race began to settle down. Third place Tony Kanaan wasn’t far behind as he looked to distance himself from fourth placed Pagenaud.


But on just lap seven disaster struck for Dixon as his Chevrolet IndyCar ground to a halt. Dixon’s race engineer Mike Hull said he wasn’t sure what the issue was that caused Dixon’s failure, but the team asked him to stop the car.


“No idea at this point. [Dixon] said he thought he had an engine issue,” said Hull.


“The engine stopped running correctly so we just asked him to shut it off and pull off the road as fast as possible because we didn’t want to go from disaster to something of biblical proportions.


“I think we always feel like we have a car that can win here, but we had a great car here, there’s no question about that. Scott had done a terrific job all weekend with the car.”


Having returned to the pits, the team began working on the car to fix the issue and get Dixon's car running again. 


"I think the header maybe expired exiting turn five," said Dixon.


"We tried to continue on just to see if it was something we could diagnose through some on-board stuff but obviously it caught the brake line on fire, so it lost the rear brakes which is why we ended up stopping. 


"It's a real bummer, the car was so fast. We started on used tyres [Will] Power was on new [tyres] and we could hang with him very easily. It would've been a helluva fight between us two and I think we've come up short."


The team tried to get the car running again, but the header issue that brought their demise ultimately put an end to their hopes of getting back on track. 


The race was largely uneventful until the final stanza of the race when a suspension failure at turn one sent Conor Daly backwards into the turn one wall. Daly had been running as high as sixth place. 


With Dixon's failure, the Kiwi fell down the championship ladder to fourth. Series leader Pagenaud struck engine trouble late in the race, falling from second all the way down to 13th.


A late race battle between Will Power and Tony Kanaan saw Power prevail over the Chip Ganassi Racing driver. 


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