Dixon drought over
Dixon drought over.
Dixon edged Josef Newgarden by 0.57 seconds to claim his first victory at Road America.
Dixon’s 41st career victory moved him within one of tying Michael Andretti for third on the all-time list.
He held off Newgarden and the three other Penske drivers who started up front.
Newgarden’s teammate Helio Castroneves, the pole sitter, finished third.
The Chevrolet-powered Penske team was the talk of the track all weekend after dominating through practice and qualifying.
Dixon took the victory lap, finishing off a day that started with fuel pressure issues during warmups.
“On the warmup lap, we were just trying to see if the car was going to run.” He was thankful for the work of his crew, which he said had to replace the fuel cell, among other last-minute fixes.
Dixon held off Newgarden on the restart with eight laps to go in the 55-lap race.
“I knew once it kind of plateaued after five or four laps, we were going to be OK.” Until that point, Newgarden thought he might have had an edge with Dixon on tires.