TORONTO ( Associated Press) – Scott Dixon ended a 22-race winless streak on Sunday and tied Mario Andretti in second place on IndyCar’s win list when he beat Colton Herta and Felix Rosenquist in the series’ return to Canada. Defeated.
Dixon qualified second and, despite creative refueling and tire changing strategies, spent the day jockeying for the position of honor at the start of the race. And the six-time series champion was still in front when Jimmy Johnson and Kyle Kirkwood tangled for the final caution and were forced to restart with lap 18.
Dixon quickly opened up a two-second lead over Herta and the rest of the drivers and never gave up in the chase of their fourth win in Toronto, where IndyCar bounced back for the first time since 2019 to register its 52nd career win.
Not bad for an early birthday bash for the New Zealander, who turned 42 on Friday.
His first win since May 2021 in Texas extends Dixon’s winning streak to at least one in 17 consecutive years, leaving him behind only AJ Foyt and his 67 career victories on the list. It also gives him a points-raising boost in his bid for a seventh championship, which would pair him with the most number of foyers in the history of the series.
The victory was also a breath of fresh air for the Chip Ganassi Racing team, which were embroiled in a contract situation for defending series champion Alex Palu. Ganassi issued a statement on Tuesday saying he had exercised a substitute on Palau for next season, only for the driver to dispute this and rival team McLaren to announce he would race for him.
Palu finished sixth on Sunday after recovering from a train accident.