Scott Dixon became the first IndyCar driver since 2006 to open the season with three straight wins on Saturday by capturing the first race of a weekend doubleheader at Road America.
The Kiwi took the checkered flag by beating Will Power by 2.538 seconds in the first race of the season that allowed fans to attend. “We’re in the business of winning so we’ve got to win,” Dixon said. “It’s so cool to be back at a track with fans, and there’s tons of them here today.”
Alex Palou finished third while Ryan Hunter-Reay and Colton Herta rounded out the top five at Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.
Dixon has won each of the three IndyCar races in the pandemic-delayed season, winning last month’s season opener in Texas and last Saturday on the Indianapolis road course.
A.J. Foyt (1964) and Al Unser (1971) are the only other drivers to open an IndyCar season with at least three consecutive wins. Foyt won the first seven races of the 1964 season.
Coronavirus delayed the start of the campaign from March and forced the Indianapolis 500 to be delayed until August 23.
Rescheduling has also created three two-race weekends, the first at Road America — where a limited number of spectators were allowed — and the second next week in Iowa.—AFP