FORT WORTH, TX – They shared the front row for Saturday night’s DXC Technology 600, but they also leave with their championship hopes in peril. See, Scott Dixon thought that his championship hopes may have been dashed when he made a rare mistake in his crash in the first race on the streets of Belle Isle last Saturday. He’d head into the second race at Belle Isle 92 points down.
But, by virtue of Newgarden, Simon Pagenaud and even Rossi have some misfortunates in race No. 2, mix that with Dixon winning, and the door was kicked back open. He gained 40 points that day.
On Saturday, he looked like the one to beat. But, with 20 to go, a battle with Herta saw both touch in Turn 3 and send both into the SAFER barrier as a result. His night ended with a disappointing 17th place finish.
Belle Isle was his first DNF since the 2017 race at Texas. Saturday, was his second DNF in three races and his fifth in the last eight years on the 1.5-mile track. He’s now a wide 89 points out with only eight races remaining in 2019.
“I just heard them saying the other car (Colton Herta) was looking inside and I started to track down to try and close it off,” said Dixon. “It was towards the end of the race. As I was doing that and looking down, I could still see his shadow there on the apron and I knew it wasn’t going to work out there. Sorry if that was my fault. I was just really pushing and trying to get the most out of it toward the end of the race in the PNC Bank car.”
Sato’s Pit Road Mistake Could Cost Him Championship Too
This was shaping up to be a good weekend for Takuma Sato. He was second in both Indy Car practice sessions run this weekend to go along with earning his second pole of the season on Friday evening. Sato, would lead the first 60 laps of the race before hitting pit lane for the first time.
Unfortunately, that’s when his night changed. Sato, got into one of his crewmen and slid too close to the wall as a result. It would be a disastrous pit stop which ended in a penalty too.
Sato, went from being in a league of his own to last, three laps down. He’d never make up for it and finish only 15th. This was the first time he failed to finish in the top 10 at Texas since 2016 as he’s now 95 points out of the lead as a result of tonight’s bad ru