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Dixon dominates in New York IndyCar win

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 4/09/2016

Sep 4, 2016; Watkins Glen, NY, USA; Verizon Indy Car Series driver Scott Dixon (9) along with driver Josef Newgarden (21) and driver Helio Castroneves (3) celebrate in Victory Lane at Watkins Glen International. © NZ Newswire Sep 4, 2016; Watkins Glen, NY, USA; Verizon Indy Car Series driver Scott Dixon (9) along with driver Josef Newgarden (21) and driver Helio Castroneves (3) celebrate in Victory Lane at Watkins Glen International. Scott Dixon has stormed to a comfortable win at the penultimate round of the IndyCar series in New York but his title defence hopes have ended.

The New Zealand driver dominated from the outset of the IndyCar Grand Prix at the Watkins Glen road circuit, a day after smashing the lap record to qualify on pole position.

He pulled away from the start and despite a series of stoppages, kept his Chip Genassi Racing car in front throughout the 60 laps.

The 36-year-old slowed down over the closing laps to conserve fuel but still finished 16 seconds ahead of American Josef Newgarden.

It was a 40th IndyCar career win for Dixon - the fourth most by any driver - and his fourth success in seven attempts at the New York road circuit which he admits suits his style.

cott Dixon, of New Zealand, (9) celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the IndyCar Grand Prix at The Glen auto race Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016, in Watkins Glen, N.Y. Josef Newgarden (21) was second. © NZ Newswire cott Dixon, of New Zealand, (9) celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the IndyCar Grand Prix at The Glen auto race Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016, in Watkins Glen, N.Y. Josef Newgarden (21) was second. While Dixon improves from sixth to third overall, he won't be in contention for a fifth crown when the series concludes in California in two weeks.

There are double points on offer at the Sonoma circuit but Dixon can't catch French series leader Simon Pagenaud, who sits 106 points in front of the Kiwi veteran. Only second-placed Australian Will Power could overhaul the Frenchman.

Dixon preferred to rejoice following a weekend of rare dominance.

"It's been almost a sweep this weekend and you don't get that too often. I will definitely remember this one," he said.

Dixon credited the win to the set up of his Chevrolet, which allowed him to conserve more fuel than his rivals.

He said he would donate all of his prizemoney this week to a fund set up for the family of English driver Justin Wilson, who died in a crash during an IndyCar race at Pocono Speedway in Pennsylvania a year ago.

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