IndyCar results and points standings after Road America Grand Prix No. 1

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Scott Dixon continued his methodical march into the NTT IndyCar series history books Saturday at Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, where he opened the 2020 season with his third consecutive victory. The five-time series champion also opened a sizable lead in the IndyCar points standings as several competitors stumbled in the results of the REV Group Grand Prix No. 1 at Road America.

The Chip Ganassi Racing driver is tied for third all time in most wins to open an IndyCar season with Al Unser (1971) and Paul Tracy (2003). In Sunday’s second half (noon ET, NBC) of a race weekend doubleheader at the road course, Dixon will try to tie Sebastien Bourdais (2006) with his fourth victory to open the season.

Next up would be A.J. Foyt, who started the 1964 season with seven victories.

WHAT DRIVERS SAID: Postrace reactions from Road America

ROAD AMERICA SUNDAY: Results from Race No. 2

With his 49th career victory, Dixon also ranks third all time, 18 behind Foyt’s IndyCar-record 67 victories. Dixon will catch second-ranked Mario Andretti with three more wins.

Dixon led the final 16 laps Saturday on the 4.014-mile layout, beating Will Power by 2.5386 seconds. Rooke Alex Palou finished a career-best third, ahead of Ryan-Hunter Reay and Colton Herta.

Here are the IndyCar Road America results and points standings:


RESULTS

Click here for the box score from the REV Group Grand Prix #1 at Road America

Click here for the lap leader summary from Sunday’s race


POINTS

After three of a scheduled 14 races, Dixon holds a 62-point lead on Simon Pagenaud (155-93) in the championship standings. The rest of the top 10: Colton Herta 88, Josef Newgarden 84, Graham Rahal 81, Ryan Hunter-Reay 73, Will Power 72, Pato O’Ward 66, Zach Veach 64, Marcus Ericsson 61.

Rinus VeeKay has a two-point in the rookie of year standings over Alex Palou (55-53), followed by Oliver Askew (42) and Dalton Kellett (19).

Click here for the driver points chart from the REV Group Grand Prix No. 1 at Road America.

Here’s what the standings are through three races for:

Drivers

Entrants

Engine manufacturers

Jack Miller wins the MotoGP Japanese Grand Prix as Fabio Quartararo stops his downward points’ slide

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Jack Miller ran away with the MotoGP Japanese Grand Prix at Motegi as Fabio Quartararo stopped his downward slide in the championship when a last-lap accident from his closest rival in the standings caused Francesco Bagnaia to score zero points.

Starting seventh, Miller quickly made his way forward. He was second at the end of two laps. One lap later, he grabbed the lead from Jorge Martin. Once in the lead, Miller posted three consecutive fastest laps and was never seriously challenged. It was Australian native Miller’s first race win of the season and his sixth podium finish.

The proximity to his home turf was not lost.

“I can ride a motorcycle sometimes,” Miller said in NBC Sports’ post-race coverage. “I felt amazing all weekend since I rolled out on the first practice. It feels so awesome to be racing on this side of the world.

“What an amazing day. It’s awesome; we have the home Grand Prix coming up shortly. Wedding coming up in a couple of weeks. I’m over the moon; can’t thank everyone enough.”

Miller beat Brad Binder to the line by 3.4 seconds with third-place Jorge Martin finishing about one second behind.

But the center of the storm was located just inside the top 10 as both Quartararo and Bagnaia started deep in the field.

Quartararo was on the outside of row three in ninth with Bagnaia one row behind in 12th. Neither rider moved up significantly, but the championship continued to be of primary importance as Bagnaia put in a patented late-race charge to settle onto Quartararo’s back tire, which would have allowed the championship leader to gain only a single point.

On the final lap, Bagnaia charged just a little too hard and crashed under heavy braking, throwing away the seven points he would have earned for a ninth-place finish.

The day was even more dramatic for the rider who entered the MotoGP Japanese Grand Prix third in the standings. On the sighting lap, Aleix Espargaro had an alarm sound, so he peeled off into the pits, dropped his primary bike and jumped aboard the backup. Starting from pit lane, he trailed the field and was never able to climb into the points. An undisclosed electronic problem was the culprit.

For Quartararo, gaining eight points on the competition was more than a moral victory. This was a track on which he expected to run moderately, and he did, but the problems for his rivals gives him renewed focus with four rounds remaining.

Next week, the series heads to Thailand and then Miller’s home track of Phillip Island in Australia. They will close out the Pacific Rim portion of the schedule before heading to Spain for the finale in early November.

It would appear team orders are not in play among the Ducati riders. Last week’s winner Enea Bastianini made an aggressive early move on Bagnaia for position before the championship contender wrestled the spot back.

In his second race back following arm surgery, Marc Marquez won the pole. His last pole was more than 1,000 days ago on this same track in 2019, the last time the series competed at Motegi. Marquez slipped to fifth in the middle stages of the race, before regaining a position to finish just off the podium.

In Moto2 competition, Ai Ogura beat Augusto Fernandez to close the gap in that championship to two points. Fernandez holds the scant lead. Alonso Lopez rounded out the podium.

Both American riders, Cameron Beaubier and Joe Roberts finished just outside the top 10 in 11th and 12th respectively.