FORT WORTH, Texas — After passing Alex Palou for the lead on Lap 3, nobody could beat Scott Dixon as he won Saturday’s Genesys 300 at Texas Motor Speedway.
Dixon led 206 of the 212 laps at the 1.44-mile oval in a record-breaking drive. By winning, Dixon has now won at least one race in 19 seasons, breaking A.J. Foyt’s record of 18 different seasons.
The 2008 Indianapolis 500 winner now has 51 wins, just one win behind Mario Andretti on the all-time win list and 16 behind Foyt. Dixon, the reigning series champion, has won six IndyCar season titles in his career — again trailiing Foyt, who holds the record with seven.
Scott McLaughlin finished second in his first oval race, just .2646 seconds behind Dixon.
McLaughlin’s last pit stop vaulted him to second place and he was not passed. Behind McLaughlin was Pato O’Ward. O’Ward gambled on strategy in the last half of the race and gained many positions on new tires. Dixon’s teammate Alex Palou was fourth and Graham Rahal was fifth. Palou was the only other leader, leading six laps.
Last week’s winner Colton Herta was running fifth late in the race but retired from the race on Lap 190 after his brakes failed. Herta finished 22nd.
This article originally appeared on Indianapolis Star: IndyCar: Scott Dixon dominates first race of Texas doubleheader