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Dixon wins Houston Race 1, closes to within 8 points of Castroneves

Oct 5, 2013, 6:03 PM EDT

Scott Dixon has taken a decisive victory, the 33rd of his career, in the 17th round of the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series season, in Race 1 of the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston doubleheader weekend.

With shifting issues affecting Helio Castroneves, and the Team Penske driver finishing where he started in 18th, Dixon closes to within 8 points of him in the championship chase, unofficially.

The race ended under yellow – the fourth time this season this has happened – after Mike Conway’s car stalled following contact at Turn 9. He wasn’t quite in a position to restart and the fifth yellow of the race was called to halt any remaining passes.

In second was Simona de Silvestro, scoring her first career IndyCar podium in second place for KV Racing Technology. Justin Wilson captured his fourth podium of the season for Dale Coyne Racing in third.

Baltimore’s first and second place finishers, Simon Pagenaud and Josef Newgarden, have finished fourth and fifth on this occasion.

The rest of the top 10 included Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing teammates James Jakes and Graham Rahal, the latter of whom made an excellent charge from 24th and last on the grid, Sebastien Bourdais, E.J. Viso and Luca Filippi.

Filippi’s result is the first top-10 of his career and featured some excellent passing maneuvers.

Unofficial points are Castroneves 513, Dixon 508, Pagenaud 463, Marco Andretti 447 and Ryan Hunter-Reay 437. Wilson, Dario Franchitti, Will Power, James Hinchcliffe and Charlie Kimball round out the top 10.

Race 2 begins with coverage at 1 p.m. ET on NBCSN and a projected green flag roughly a half hour later.

More to follow.

  1. snoopyo - Oct 5, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    The haters will be out in full form complaining about the race finishing under yellow but doesn’t matter Dixon was not going to be caught even if it stayed green he had a big lead and it was growing I know because I was rooting for Simona and she couldn’t mount a charge. Man what a race though Houston is a demanding track and they were battling. Well looks like the title is going down to the last race again it was a matter of time before Helio had a bad race and it happened today. I couldn’t believe it that I saw Dixon get good luck for once when the yellow came out at the perfect time him and Power have the worst luck in this series but Dixie had good luck today. As for Simona WOW best performance by a female driver on a road/street course in the history of INDYCAR she drove her butt off her best race in her career by far and her and Simon were dueling for a while and classy of TK to give her a big hug after the race. Wilson with another podium I still believe he is the best driver in this series and if he drove for a top team he would win the championship easily, Give a shout out to Luca Filippi and Josef on there runs. Well lets do it again tomorrow.

  2. Jeff - Oct 5, 2013 at 7:04 PM

    I’d say it was the best performance by a female driver period. Patrick’s Japanese win was a pit strategy win, it had little to do with performance.

    • snoopyo - Oct 5, 2013 at 7:43 PM

      Jeff your right I was giving Sarah Fisher her credit about some of her races on ovals but the competition Sarah raced against was not as good as what Simona went up against today. Danica’s win was a Christmas present on fuel with half the field at Long Beach. I will give Princess Sparkle Pony some credit she ran well at Texas a couple years ago but the conditions Simona was in today, a tough track, brutal heat a track thats not foot to the floor like ovals in the past, and a very deep field of talent.

    • indycarseries500 - Oct 5, 2013 at 9:12 PM

      Danica’s 05, 06, 09 Indy 500′s, 2010 Homestead, 2010 Texas, 05 Motegi, 07 Michigan, the first half of 2009 had quite a few. I don’t get why everyone thinks Danica was so terrible, no legend or anything but she was a pretty good racecar driver.

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