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

Sergio Perez still has coronavirus; will miss second consecutive F1 race

F1 Sergio Perez out
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SILVERSTONE, England — Sergio Perez will be out for a second F1 race at Silverstone this week after again testing positive for the coronavirus.

The Mexican driver had hoped to return to Formula One after spending seven days in quarantine, but his Racing Point team said this morning he had tested positive.

“He is physically well and recovering,” the team said. “The whole team wishes Sergio and his family well and we look forward to his return.”

That means German veteran Nico Hulkenberg again fills in for Sunday’s 70th Anniversary Grand Prix after having also replaced Sergio Perez when he was out for the F1 British Grand Prix at the same venue last week. Hulkenberg did not start that race because of an engine problem.

There are two consecutive weekends of racing at Silverstone as Formula One tries to pack in races following the pandemic-delayed start to the season.

Perez became the first Formula One driver to test positive for coronavirus, and it had been unclear whether he would be available to drive after the period of quarantine was extended to 10 days.

Racing Point also was in the news Friday after being hit with a 15-point penalty in the Formula One constructors’ championship and fined 400,000 euros ($470,000) Friday for using brake ducts based on those from last year’s Mercedes cars.

The stewards ruled that Mercedes was the “principal designer” of the parts, and that Racing Point made only minor changes to computer design data it received from Mercedes.

Rival team Renault filed protests about the legality of the brake ducts, which were added to the “listed parts” under F1 rules for 2020. That means teams must design their own. Racing Point argued it was merely using information about the Mercedes parts to inform its own design.

Racing Point uses customer engines from Mercedes and has admitted basing its 2020 car design on photographs of last year’s Mercedes car. The similarities led to the Racing Point being nicknamed the “pink Mercedes” when it was first seen in testing ahead of the season.

Racing Point can appeal the ruling. The points deduction drops the team from fifth to sixth in the standings, below Renault. The ruling doesn’t affect the points totals for Racing Point’s drivers.