7 Jun 2015

Dixon triumphant in Texas

6:46 pm on 7 June 2015

The New Zealand racing driver Scott Dixon has won the latest Indy Car race of the season in Texas after starting from 7th on the grid.

The three-time series champion said it was one of the most hotly-contested and unpredictable races in recent memory at the Texas Motor Speedway.

Scott Dixon celebrates his victory

Scott Dixon celebrates his victory Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Dixon led 97 of the 248 laps in his Chevrolet to earn his second victory of the season and his second at the Speedway.

It was the 99th Indy car victory for team owner Chip Ganassi, and Dixon, his longest-tenured driver, picked up his 37th Indy car win making him fifth on the all-time list.

The New Zealander grabbed the lead in a pit-stop exchange on Lap 194 and led all but one lap the rest of the way.

"It didn't start awfully good because we had a lot of understeer in the car, but once we got the balance right, the car was basically on rails."

Dixon is third in the 2015 standings through nine of 16 races - 43 points behind front-runner Juan Pablo Montoya heading to the next race on June 14th in Toronto.

With a fourth-place finish, Montoya increased his points advantage to 35 over Team Penske teammate Will Power.