FORT WORTH, Texas – Scott Dixon did not spend much time sharing the place with Michael Andretti for the third win in the IndyCar story.
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One week after a binding victory, Dixon led the last 119 laps in the IndyCar Series competition on Saturday in Texas to move forward to Andretti with career win No. 43.
"It's really cool. Of course, I have a lot of respect for many of these drivers, says Dixon." But when You look at the names – AJ Foyt, Mario Andretti, Michael Andretti, Unsers – it still seems very strange that Dixon is on that list as well. "
Dixon traces only AJ Foyt 67 winner and Mario Andrettis 52.
After taking the lead on 1 1 / 2 mile Texas oval in the 248 race, he never gave up. It was Dixon's third victory in Texas, one week after he won the first of the two races in Detroit.
"The car was just stuck," said Dixon. "Whatever we did, the car was just nailed, it was a little loose sometimes, but I can not thank the team enough." The Pitstops were amazing. "
Before separate late incidents involving Will Power and Ed Carpenter, the two best finishers at Indianapolis 500, Dixon was close to patching the field.
IndyCar said Power and Carpenter Both would be punished to avoid contact with rookie drivers.
Power held the lead in the race, but Dixon took over it with his 4.3-second win over Simon Pagenaud. Alexander Rossi finished third, with James Hinchcliffe and Ryan Hunter-Reay who rounded out the top 5 of the season's first night race.
"It's so nice to come here because you never know what to get, except Scott will be quick and Team Penske will be on the pole," said Rossi. "A few common threads."
Team Penske swept the top three qualitative spots. Pagenaud started and ended others while pole sits Josef Newgarden at 13 and Power finished 18th.
The winner gave Dixon a 23-point lead over Rossi after nine out of 17 races. Power was third, 36 behind Dixon.
"It's not bad," said Dixon. "But it will be difficult to hold on. We'll see how the next race goes. The car has had good speed throughout the season, and we will try to keep it going. "
Power, who won Texas last year drove to the top 10 on lap 205 when he came in contact with rookie Zachary Claman De Melo.  Claman De Melo was high on the outside that came out of Turn 4 when Power slid up to the front line.
"It was not the guy on the outside wrong. I did not know he was out there, "said Power." We lifted so much effort to save fuel, and he came outside me. It was just a bad deal. "
At Shot 173, Carpenter contacted rookie Robert Wickens. On their way from backstretch to Turn 3, the two sides were low on the track when they came in contact when Wickens tried to pass inside .
Wickens led 31 yards while Carpenter was never a factor at the Texas Lane where he won in 2014. Carpenter, who runs only ovals for the team he owns, was racing for the first time since he finished second in Indianapolis. 19659006] "I thought I could close the door, but it was a big mistake on my part," said Carpenter.
WHO IS HOT: Alexander Rossi was third for his fifth podium final of the season. He has been in the top five of seven out of ten races.
WHO IS NOT: AJ Foyt team. The 4th car driven by rookie Matheus Leist hit fire seven yards in the competition, and something broke in the back suspension of No. 14, driven by Tony Canaan about 20 yards later. Canaan, 2004 Series champion in his first season at Foyt team, ran his 59th race since the last of his 17 victories in the 2014 season. A Foyt driver has not won since 2013.
MISSING PACKS: The new smooth cars with A universal airplane spread quite little in Texas. Last year there was a lot of pack racing, and only nine of the 22 cars that started were listed as time and time again.
UP NEXT: A very busy weekend for IndyCar after May month in Indianapolis immediately followed by a doubleheader weekend at Detroit and the Texas contest. Next race is June 24 at Road America in Wisconsin.