Scott Dixon wins in Toronto, ties Mario Andretti for second on IndyCar win list

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Scott Dixon jumped pole-sitter Colton Herta during a pit sequence and held on for the victory Sunday in the Honda Indy Toronto, tying Mario Andretti on the all-time IndyCar win list with his first victory this season.

Dixon pitted a lap earlier than Herta and then cycled into the lead on Lap 32 of 85. The Chip Ganassi Racing driver controlled the second half of the races, winning by 0.8106 seconds for his 52nd career victory to tie Mario Andretti for second on the all-time win list. A.J. Foyt is first with 67 wins.

“It’s amazing to be close to Mario,” Dixon told NBC Sports’ Dave Burns. “Every time I’m asked these questions I’m just so thankful we still have A.J. and him in the pits. We get to see them; we get to talk to them. It’s just fantastic. It’s huge, man. I feel so lucky to be a part of this group.

FULL STATS PACKAGE: Results, points standings after the Honda Indy Toronto

“Hopefully we’re in the title hunt now. I’m hoping this is the start of the roll.”

Herta finished second after fending off a late charge by Felix Rosenqvist.

“Felix was really fast, I was glad to keep him behind us,” Herta told NBC Sports’ Dillon Welch after his second podium of the season (and first since his win on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course two months ago). “We just struggled with tire wear. Other than that, the car was amazing, and obviously got beat by Dixon but one of those races to be proud of, a pole and second, I’m happy with that. Hopefully we can continue with these results more consistently.”

Dixon’s fourth victory at Toronto was his first in the IndyCar Series since May 1, 2021 at Texas Motor Speedway. The six-time series champion extended his record streak to 18 consecutive IndyCar seasons with at least one victory. Dixon, who turns 42 next week, has 20 IndyCar seasons with at least one win.

Graham Rahal finished fourth, and points leader Marcus Ericsson took fifth after battling hard with Ganassi teammate Alex Palou.

“It was tough toward the end on a couple of restarts, I had to be clever, and it’s always risk vs. reward when fighting for a championship,” Ericsson told Welch. “It’s really tough. A very fine line of how aggressive you need to be without being stupid.

“Today was a perfect mesh of driving for me. I was clever when I had to be and aggressive when I had to be. At the end, a couple of guys had a bad restart, I picked up a few positions, and that’s going to be really important when we sum this up at the end of the season. It’s tough to pick your battles, but I think we did that well today.”

Palou finished sixth as the defending series champion rebounded from a crash and mechanical problem Saturday relegating him to the 22nd starting position. That was the capper to a controversial week in which he has been claimed by two teams for next season.

“Super pleased with how we ended the race,” Palou told Burns. “Shame that we had the car to do a little better, but it was a huge day for the team. Super happy. Car was good. We gambled a bit pitting early on the first top, and it kind of worked.”

With IndyCar racing for the first time since 2019 on the Toronto street course, the first half of the race was unusually clean. The yellow flag flew for the first time on Lap 45 as Rosenqvist and Alexander Rossi collided in Turn 3 while racing for position. The accident eliminated Rossi from the race.

“It’s a shame; we had a car to be up front,” Rossi said.

Rosenqvist soldiered on for a season-best third place, his first podium finish since his July 12, 2020 victory at Road America. The Swede has signed with McLaren Racing for next season, but CEO Zak Brown has yet to announce whether Rosenqvist will race in IndyCar or Formula E.

“What a fun race,” Rosenqvist told NBC Sports’ Dave Burns. “We had to fight really hard for it. The strategy for the race, you had to overtake on track and do good pit stops. I think we did both of those.

“This weekend hopefully makes Zak doubt some things. Still a long way to go in the year, but every race just keeps getting better and better, and this is the trajectory we want to be on, and I’m excited for the rest of the season.”

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.