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Dixon dominates in IndyCar’s return to Phoenix

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AVONDALE, AZ - APRIL 02: Scott Dixon of New Zealand, driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar celebrates after winning the Phoenix Grand Prix at Phoenix International Raceway on April 2, 2016 in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

AVONDALE, Ariz. (April 2, 2016) — Scott Dixon dominated after taking the lead on a midrace caution and crossed the checkers under another yellow flag to win IndyCar’s first race at Phoenix International Raceway in 11 years on Saturday night.

Dixon started ninth and took advantage of tire trouble for Team Penske’s top two drivers to move within range of the lead on the fast mile oval. The Chip Ganassi Racing driver moved past Tony Kanaan out of the pits and led the final 155 laps of IndyCar’s first oval race of the season.

The win was Dixon’s 39th of his career, tying him with Al Unser for fourth on IndyCar’s all-time list.

Simon Pagenaud finished second and Will Power was third after missing the season opener in St. Petersburg with an ear infection. Kanaan finished fourth and Graham Rahal was fifth.