Reigning IndyCar champion New Zealander Scott Dixon (Chip Ganassi) won the first race of the Grand Prix in Fort Worth, Texas on Saturday where he edged compatriot Scott McLaughlin (Penske) and American Pato O ‘ Ward (Arrow McLaren).
This first success of the season makes Dixon enter the history of this competition a little more, since it is the 19th year in a row that he has won at least one victory in the championship.
Qualifications having been canceled due to the dryness of the track, after heavy rains, the starting grid was modeled on the general classification after two events.
The six-time IndyCar champion therefore started third behind Spaniard Alex Palo (Chip Ganassi), who won the first race of the season in Alabama, and Australian Will Power (Penske).
After four laps of the 300 mile long race, Dixon passed Palou. Apart from the time for refueling, he will have kept the lead on the following 208, as boss.
Meanwhile, on lap 56, Frenchman Sébastien Bourdais (AJ Foyt Racing) had to retire, his car having hit the wall after being pushed by Josef Newgarden’s Penske. The latter was penalized by a few places, but still finished 6th.
The other accident in the race, on the 160th lap, involved James Hinchcliffe (Andretti) who left alone to hit the wall from behind. Without gravity. 31 laps later, the American Colton Herta (Andretti), winner in St. Petersburg (Florida last weekend), had to abandon him, his right tire having started to catch fire.
The other French competitor, Simon Pagenaud (Penske) for his part ranked 10th, after having to deal with vibrations from his set of tires.
It was the third round of the championship. The 4th will take place in less than 24 hours, still on the same circuit.
Dixon, who takes the lead in the general classification, will start from pole position, hoping to achieve a hat-trick since he had already won there last year.