IndyCar made their triumphant return to the Pacific Northwest on Sunday at Portland International Raceway. A phenomenal race with a shock winner made it certain the series would return in 2019.
Raise your hand if you had Takuma Sato winning from 20th place.
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Takuma Sato got his third IndyCar win on Sunday thanks to a masterful strategy and drive by the former Indy 500 winner. According to his engineer, it was Takuma that made the call mid-race to switch strategy and start saving fuel. That call ultimately won the race spoiling Ryan Hunter-Reay’s chances again.
What About The Championship Battle
Turn 2, lap 1, Scott Dixon nearly saw his championship run come to an end. Zach Veach and James Hinchcliffe touched exiting the front stretch chicane that spun Hinch and all hell broke loose. Marco Andretti went up and over, Ed Jones and Graham Rahal got collected and their days were done. Then as the dust settled we saw Dixon sitting idle amongst all the wrecked cars.
In typical Scott Dixon fashion, he kept the car running. He was able to get the car into reverse and drove away from the melee with just some rubber on the nose of the car. His championship wasn’t over yet.
On the restart leader, Will Power lost power. A gearbox issue slowed the #12 allowing Alexander Rossi to take the lead. Scott Dixon’s worst nightmare was happening before his eyes.
Rossi would be the dominant car all day but pit strategy ruined his day as he was relegated to 8th place. Scott Dixon, on the other hand, rebounded for a 5th place finish and extended his points lead heading into the Sonoma finale.
Dixon now leads by 29 over Rossi headed into the double points finale. The championship is still alive but Dixon has a commanding lead.
Tip Of The Hat To Portland
The fans showed up at PIR this weekend. The first big league auto race in over a decade in the PNW and the fans did not disappoint. If you check out the video you can see the line getting into the track and the crammed grandstands. Between that and the demand for camping the series has likely found a permanent home in the PNW.
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