IndyCar results and points standings after Gateway Race No. 1

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Scott Dixon maintained his hammerlock on the NTT IndyCar Series results and points standings Saturday at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway, where he scored his 50th career victory.

The five-time series champion moved within two victories of Mario Andretti for second on the all-time IndyCar victory list (A.J. Foyt is ranked first with 67 victories.

Dixon also delivered the 113th IndyCar victory for Chip Ganassi Racing, which has won five of eight races in 2020.

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The No. 9 Dallara-Honda driver led 28 laps, including the final 25, and fended off a furious charge by Takuma Sato, who finished second six days after his second Indianapolis 500 victory.

Saturday’s margin of victory was 0.141 seconds, the second-closest IndyCar finish in track history.

Pato O’Ward led a race-high 91 of 200 laps and finished third ahead of Colton Herta and Marcus Ericsson.

Dixon will have another opportunity for a victory Sunday at Gateway, where IndyCar will complete a race weekend doubleheader.

Here are the IndyCar Gateway results and points standings from Saturday:


RESULTS

Click here for the box score from Saturday’s race at Gateway

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


POINTS

After eight of a scheduled 14 races, Dixon has a 117-point lead (386-269) over Josef Newgarden (an increase of 33 points from after the Indianapolis 500).

The rest of the top 10: Pato O’Ward 256, Takuma Sato 248, Graham Rahal 226, Simon Pagenaud 223, Colton Herta 221, Santino Ferrucci 196, Will Power 190, Felix Rosenqvist 182.

Click here for the driver points chart from Saturday’s race at Gateway.

Here’s what the full points standings are through eight races for:

Drivers

Entrants

Engine manufacturers

Zach Veach splits with Andretti Autosport for rest of IndyCar season

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Zach Veach will be leaving his Andretti Autosport ride with three races remaining in the season, choosing to explore options after the decision was made he wouldn’t return for 2021.

In a Wednesday release, Andretti Autosport said a replacement driver for the No. 26 Dallara-Honda would be named in the coming days. The NTT IndyCar Series will race Oct. 2-3 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and then conclude the season Oct. 25 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.

Veach was ranked 11th in the points standings through 11 races of his third season with Andretti. Since a fourth in the June 6 season opener at Texas Motor Speedway, he hadn’t finished higher than 14th.

“The decision was made that I will not be returning in 2021 with Andretti Autosport in the No. 26 Gainbridge car,” Veach said in the Andretti release. “This, along with knowing that limited testing exists for teams due to COVID, have led me to the decision to step out of the car for the remainder of the 2020 IndyCar season. I am doing this to allow the team to have time with other drivers as they prepare for 2021, and so that I can also explore my own 2021 options.

“This is the hardest decision I have ever made, but to me, racing is about family, and it is my belief that you take care of your family. Andretti Autosport is my family and I feel this is what is best to help us all reach the next step. I will forever be grateful to Michael and the team for all of their support over the years. I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for a relationship that started many years ago with Road to Indy. I will also be forever grateful to Dan Towriss for his friendship and for the opportunity he and Gainbridge have given me.

“My love for this sport and the people involved is unmeasurable, and I look forward to continuing to be amongst the racing world and fans in 2021.”

Said team owner Michael Andretti: “We first welcomed Zach to the Andretti team back in his USF2000 days and have enjoyed watching him grow and evolve as a racer, and a person. His decision to allow us to use the last few races to explore our 2021 options shows the measure of his character.

“Zach has always placed team and family first, and we’re very happy to have had him as part of ours for so many years. We wish him the best in whatever 2021 may bring and will always consider him a friend.”

Andretti fields five full-time cars for Veach, Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti and Colton Herta.

It also has fielded James Hinchcliffe in three races this season.