Cool Down Lap: Scott Dixon Wins Texas, Chip Ganassi Celebrates, Penske Destroys Tires

IndyCar took to the high banks of Texas’ 1.44-mile oval Saturday night and a familiar face came out on top. Everyone’s favorite Kiwi with a smokeshow wife Scott Dixon took home the cowboy hat and lasso for a fun night in the heart of Texas.

Honda Wins On An Oval

Honda finally got to victory lane on an oval. While they have dominated street circuits this season thanks to low-end torque they have struggled on ovals. Joseph Newgarden won the first oval race of the season in Phoenix while Will Power won the Indianapolis 500.

In Texas though the Hondas were able to run longer on fuel and manage their tires better than the Penske cars who blistered and tore apart their tires the entire night. Robert Wickens led the way for Honda early with Alexander Rossi. Thanks to an accident Wickens was taken out and Rossi got a setback when the team couldn’t refuel in the pits. Have no fear, Scott Dixon is here.

Chip Ganassi Is A Crazy Person

Last season Chip got so excited after Kyle Larson won at Michigan he nearly knocked his prized driver out. Saturday night he came flying into victory lane like Denzel piloting a commercial airliner, low, fast and crashing into everything. Chip likes winners and he loves to party. Just don’t hurt the drivers, Chip.

Penske Cars Destroy Tires

Shoutout to Simon Pagenaud and all three Penske drivers whose tires looked like this basically the entire night. It can’t be a good feeling sailing off into Turn 1 and Turn 3 looking at your right front tire and seeing that kind of wear. Big balls are required to do that and they did it nearly the entire night.

Firestone has done a great job with IndyCar’s tires over the years, this was a fluke race. Combine the hot track temp, the inability to rubber it in and the amount of weight Penske was putting on the front of their cars all contributed to the blistering. Goodyear would have thrown a hissy fit to the teams if this happened.

Who Takes The Blame? You Take The Blame

There were two incidents Saturday night that had drivers taking the blame for what happened. After Kanaan caused a big crash last year and tried to pass the blame off, drivers this year fessed up to their mistakes.

First, we have Robert Wickens who was attempting to pass the lap car of Ed Carpenter. Carpenter took Wickens low and then pinched him getting into three like this was a Tuesday night on iRacing. Absolutely unnecessary for Carpenter to be racing a lead lap car like that and he admitted it afterward. Apologies don’t bring back points but it’s a nice gesture.

Will Power also admitted this incident with Zachary Claman de Melo was his fault as well. According to Power, the pit box was talking to him on corner exit and that didn’t allow his spotter to tell him ZCD was on the outside. Power washed up with an ill-handling race car and collected the DCR rookie.

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