Scott Dixon, other IndyCar drivers shocked to hear about Andrew Luck’s retirement

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MADISON, Illinois – In the close-knit city of Indianapolis, where professional athletes are often next-door neighbors or work together on charitable causes, sports stars often become friends with stars from other sports.

Such is the case with five-time NTT IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon and many members of the Indianapolis Colts.

When the stunning news broke that Andrew Luck was retiring as quarterback of the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League, Saturday night’s Bommarito Automotive Group 500 was already well underway. Such news of the day is a secret for other sports figures as they are in active competition.

Dixon’s race ended early after a punctured radiator on Lap 1 forced his car out of the race after it lost all the water to keep the engine cool. His Chip Ganassi Racing crew would fix the No. 9 PNC Bank Chevrolet and send Dixon back onto the track, but when he gained all the positions he possibly could, the car was parked because there were no more points for Dixon to achieve.

Dixon was walking back to his transporter when he was approached by NBC to ask about his race and how it impacted his attempt at a sixth NTT IndyCar Series championship. After that conversation ended, he was told Andrew Luck had retired.

“Oh my Gosh,” Dixon told NBC “Wow. That’s horrendous.

“I’m super bummed for him. He’s a super nice guy and I’ve been lucky enough to spend some time with him at some charity events. I’m actually shocked. I know he was having some issues in the preseason, but it sounded like he would be ready for the regular season.

“I’m super-bummed for him. He’s a great guy. A super nice guy. He’s very intelligent. He’ll have a bright career in whatever he chooses to do. That’s his passion so I really feel for him.”

Luck was a very active member of the Indianapolis community and was a big fan of the NTT IndyCar Series. He knows many of the drivers and was often a visitor to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for Indy 500 practice and on Indianapolis 500 Race Day.

Conor Daly is usually one of the more talkative members of the IndyCar driver community, and a huge Colts fan. He grew up in the Indianapolis suburbs and many of the Colts players are his personal friends.

He thought the news of Luck’s retirement was a bad joke at first.

“No way,” Luck told NBC “Are you serious? Yikes. That’s tough. That’s wild. I’ll have to let that sink in.

“I love Indy, man, I love my hometown. I’ll always support everyone in Indy, for sure.”

Ed Carpenter is considered a “Hometown Hero” in Indianapolis because he grew up in the community as part of the family that owns the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He has gone on to be one of the greatest qualifiers in Indianapolis 500 history with three Indy 500 poles. He finished second to Wil Power in the 102ndIndianapolis 500 in 2018.

Carpenter is a Butler University graduate and a big fan of both the NFL Colts and the NBA’s Indiana Pacers.

“I can’t believe it,” Carpenter told NBC when told about Luck’s retirement. “I’m totally caught off-guard by that. Andrew is a great guy and I’m sure he has his reasons. The timing is a little concerning. I heard it as soon as I got out of the car and that was pretty wild.

“It will be interesting to see how it goes down.”

After Saturday night’s preseason game between the Chicago Bears and the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, some very disappointed Colts fans booed Luck as he walked off the field for the final time.

“I think the fan base has a right to be upset when their franchise quarterback retires a couple weeks before the season, but I have no idea what is going on,” Carpenter said. “I’ve gotten to know Andrew a few times. I’m sure it’s a decision he has thought about.

“We’re entertainers and when it’s your time, it’s your time. If he is comfortable with it, that’s fine.

“It’s a game. We all play a game.”

IndyCar results, points after Detroit Grand Prix


DETROIT — Alex Palou topped the results of an NTT IndyCar Series race for the second time this season, extending his championship points lead with his victory in the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix.

The Chip Ganassi Racing driver, who also won the GMR Grand Prix (and the Indy 500 pole position) last month, holds a 51-point lead over teammate Marcus Ericsson (ninth at Detroit) through seven of 17 races this season.

Ganassi, which placed all four of its drivers in the top 10 at Detroit, has three of the top four in the championship standings with Scott Dixon ranked fourth after a fourth at Detroit.

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Indy 500 winner Josef Newgarden is third in the standings after taking a 10th at Detroit. Pato O’Ward slipped to fifth in the points after crashing and finishing 26th

Here are the IndyCar results and points standings after the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix:


Click here for the official box score from the 100-lap race on a nine-turn, 1.645-mile street course in downtown Detroit.

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Here is the finishing order in the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix with starting position in parentheses, driver, engine, laps completed and reason out (if any):

1. (1) Alex Palou, Honda, 100, Running
2. (7) Will Power, Chevrolet, 100, Running
3. (9) Felix Rosenqvist, Chevrolet, 100, Running
4. (4) Scott Dixon, Honda, 100, Running
5. (13) Alexander Rossi, Chevrolet, 100, Running
6. (12) Kyle Kirkwood, Honda, 100, Running
7. (2) Scott McLaughlin, Chevrolet, 100, Running
8. (11) Marcus Armstrong, Honda, 100, Running
9. (6) Marcus Ericsson, Honda, 100, Running
10. (5) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 100, Running
11. (24) Colton Herta, Honda, 100, Running
12. (17) Devlin DeFrancesco, Honda, 100, Running
13. (8) Simon Pagenaud, Honda, 100, Running
14. (20) Agustin Canapino, Chevrolet, 100, Running
15. (15) Conor Daly, Chevrolet, 100, Running
16. (18) Christian Lundgaard, Honda, 100, Running
17. (25) Jack Harvey, Honda, 100, Running
18. (14) Rinus VeeKay, Chevrolet, 100, Running
19. (23) Helio Castroneves, Honda, 100, Running
20. (19) Benjamin Pedersen, Chevrolet, 97, Running
21. (22) Santino Ferrucci, Chevrolet, 97, Running
22. (26) Sting Ray Robb, Honda, 97, Running
23. (21) David Malukas, Honda, 85, Contact
24. (3) Romain Grosjean, Honda, 80, Contact
25. (27) Graham Rahal, Honda, 50, Contact
26. (10) Pato O’Ward, Chevrolet, 41, Contact
27. (16) Callum Ilott, Chevrolet, 1, Contact

Winner’s average speed: 80.922 mph; Time of Race: 02:01:58.1171; Margin of victory: 1.1843 seconds; Cautions: 7 for 32 laps; Lead changes: 10 among seven drivers. Lap Leaders: Palou 1-28; Power 29-33; O’Ward 34; Palou 35-55; Power 56-64; Palou 65; Rossi 66; Newgarden 67-68; Kirkwood 69; Ericsson 70-76; Palou 77-100.


Click here for the points tally in the race.

Here are the points standings after the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix:



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Top 10 in points: Palou 273, Ericsson 222, Newgarden 203, Dixon 194, O’Ward 191, Rossi 176, McLaughlin 175, Power 172, Herta 149, Rosenqvist 148.

Rest of the standings: Grosjean 145, Kirkwood 142, Lundgaard 136, Ilott 116, VeeKay 108, Ferrucci 105, Armstrong 101, Rahal 99, Malukas 91, Daly 88, DeFrancesco 81, Castroneves 80, Harvey 78, Canapino 77, Pagenaud 72, Pedersen 61, Robb 55, Takuma Sato 37, Ed Carpenter 27, Ryan Hunter-Reay 20, Tony Kanaan 18, Marco Andretti 13, RC Enerson 5, Katherine Legge 5.

Next race: IndyCar will head to Road America for the Sonsio Grand Prix, which will take place June 18 with coverage starting at 1 p.m. ET on NBC and Peacock.