Monday, September 03, 2018 1:00 am
Dixon increases IndyCar points lead
JENNA FRYER | Associated Press
1. Sato Honda
2. Hunter-Reay Honda
3. Bourdais Honda
4. Pigot Chevrolet
5. Dixon Honda
1. Dixon 598
2. Rossi 569
3. Power 511
3. Newgarden 511
5. Hunter-Reay 462
PORTLAND, Ore. – Scott Dixon salvaged his championship run with an improbable comeback at Portland International Raceway that put him in control of his race to a fifth IndyCar title.
Dixon finished fifth, far behind race winner Takuma Sato, but put together the kind of drive that may define his season. He started 11th, was collected in an opening-lap crash, penalized for speeding on pit road and twice drove through the field from 20th.
He goes to the Sept. 16 season finale with a 29-point over Alexander Rossi.
Rossi had a decent race Sunday but finished eighth and lost three points to Dixon.
Team Penske drivers Will Power and Josef Newgarden started on the front row and are the only other drivers mathematically eligible to win the championship. Newgarden finished 10th and it was a terrible day for Power, the Indianapolis 500 winner. He had a mechanical problem eight laps into the race and conceded the lead to Rossi.
Power later went off course into a tire barrier and finished 21st.