Dixon wins again at Gateway as Newgarden crashes out of championship fight

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Scott Dixon scored his second consecutive IndyCar victory with a brilliant tactical drive in the Gateway 500.

His win means he is the last driver remaining who can beat his team mate Alex Palou to this year’s championship.

In signature Dixon style, he laid the foundation early with a long first stint and managed his fuel and tyres perfectly thereafter. From 16th on the grid he climbed to victory making just three pit stops while all his closest challengers made five.

Dixon won by a whopping 22.2 seconds over Pato O’Ward in second. His 55th career win brings him within 74 points of Palou, who finished seventh today after starting 14th.

Josef Newgarden’s bid for a win, a sweep of this year’s oval races and – most importantly – a third championship title – slipped through his fingers with 50 laps to go.

The Penske driver, who led 98 laps from pole position, was battling O’Ward on the track. He had had just made his final pit stop, but slid off the racing line into turn one, washed up into the marbles and hit the wall in turn two.

Newgarden limped back to the pits without causing a caution but his race was effectively over. Suspension damage left him 25th, and eliminated the Indianapolis 500 winner from contention for the series title.

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O’Ward held onto second, racking up his seventh podium finish in a season where he is still yet to win a race. David Malukas scored his second straight podium at the Gateway oval, finishing third, the last driver on the lead lap.

Alexander Rossi took in fourth, ahead of Scott McLaughlin in fifth, and Colton Herta in sixth. Palou, Felix Rosenqvist, Will Power, and Marcus Ericsson rounded off the top ten.

Palou – in the midst of his second contract dispute with an IndyCar team in as many years – can clinch the 2023 IndyCar championship with a podium finish at Portland next week.

In what was a tough race for other cars to overtake on track, the marbles at the edge of the corners caught out a number of drivers other than Newgarden. Takuma Sato’s final start of 2023 started poorly as he washed out into the marbles several times before crashing into the wall on lap 122.

Sato had drawn the ire of Callum Ilott earlier. The Juncos Hollinger driver had clipped the wall trying to avoid a slowing Sato in front of him, forcing him to retire after 58 laps.

Benjamin Pedersen never got that far. At the start of the race, Pedersen was hit from behind by Ed Carpenter at turn one, pitching the rookie into the wall and out of the race on the opening lap. The race was a tough one for the rookies, with 18th-ranked Linus Lundqvist the first of them to take the chequered flag.

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Gateway 500 results

Position Car Driver Team Engine
1 9 Scott Dixon Ganassi Honda
2 5 Pato O’Ward McLaren Chevrolet
3 18 David Malukas Coyne/HMD Honda
4 7 Alexander Rossi McLaren Chevrolet
5 3 Scott McLaughlin Penske Chevrolet
6 26 Colton Herta Andretti Honda
7 10 Alex Palou Ganassi Honda
8 6 Felix Rosenqvist McLaren Chevrolet
9 12 Will Power Penske Chevrolet
10 8 Marcus Ericsson Ganassi Honda
11 21 Rinus VeeKay Carpenter Chevrolet
12 28 Romain Grosjean Andretti Honda
13 14 Santino Ferrucci Foyt Chevrolet
14 20 Ryan Hunter-Reay Carpenter Chevrolet
15 27 Kyle Kirkwood Andretti Honda
16 30 Conor Daly RLL Honda
17 45 Christian Lundgaard RLL Honda
18 60 Linus Lundqvist Meyer Shank Honda
19 29 Devlin DeFrancesco Andretti Honda
20 15 Graham Rahal RLL Honda
21 51 Sting Ray Robb Coyne/RWR Honda
22 78 Agustin Canapino Juncos Hollinger Chevrolet
23 06 Helio Castroneves Meyer Shank Honda
24 33 Ed Carpenter Carpenter Chevrolet
25 2 Josef Newgarden Penske Chevrolet
26 11 Takuma Sato Ganassi Honda
27 77 Callum Ilott Juncos Hollinger Chevrolet
28 55 Benjamin Pedersen Foyt Chevrolet

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RJ O'Connell
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4 comments on “Dixon wins again at Gateway as Newgarden crashes out of championship fight”

  1. thanks for letting me know, now i won’t bother watching, I can’t stand Dixon.

  2. Pat Ruadh (@fullcoursecaution)
    28th August 2023, 10:44

    Complete domination from Dixon in the end. He was actually pulling away from O’Ward in the final stint. I wouldn’t bet against him somehow squeaking the title from here.

  3. So unlucky for Newgarden! Him and Dixon on top of the podium would’ve been the best result to keep the championship alive.

  4. Total domination. Dixon has been amazing forever, but Palou wraps up the title next weekend.

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