(Detroit Mi) -- PacWest Racing's Scott Dixon extended his lead in the Dayton Indy Lights Championship when he finished fourth in the third round in Detroit, Michigan today. Dixon went into the race with a 10-point lead over Australian Jason...
(Detroit Mi) -- PacWest Racing's Scott Dixon extended his lead in the Dayton Indy Lights Championship when he finished fourth in the third round in Detroit, Michigan today.
Dixon went into the race with a 10-point lead over Australian Jason Bright, who crashed in today's race, and ended the day with a 54-34 lead over Dorricott Racing's Casey Mears.
The 19 year-old New Zealander started in fourth position and drove a calm and collected race to take him one step closer to his dream of winning the Dayton Indy Lights crown.
Dixon's PacWest teammate, Tony Renna, started 11th in the race, but failed to finish after a component failure sent his #18 Motorola PacWest entry into the wall at turn seven with 10 laps remaining. Renna, who battled mechanical problems all weekend, was left as a passenger in his own car as the left side made contact with a concrete wall before dragging him into a tire barrier.
The race was run in dry conditions after the morning warm-up was run in the wet -- Dixon and Renna were 1-2 in the warm-up and more than 2 seconds faster than the next car. The race was eventually won by Jonny Kane from Felipe Giaffone, Mears, Dixon and Mario Dominguez.
SCOTT DIXON -- #17 INVENSYS/POWERWARE PACWEST LIGHTS -- 4th
"We softened the car too much after the morning warm-up because we though it was going to continue raining," said Dixon.
"The car was much different than our qualifying set-up.
"It was a pretty good race really. I thought I could get Casey (Mears) on some re-starts, but my car was pretty slow in turns one, two, three and five. My oil and water temperature lights came on during the race and we were pretty close to over heating.
"I'm happy we earned some more points today, and hopefully I'll keep racking them up. "We'll be good in Portland."
TONY RENNA -- # 18 MOTOROLA PACWEST LIGHTS - DNF
"My car was very bad at high speeds today, and it was very nervous in the rear," said Renna, a native of Florida.
"The car was actually good at low speeds and I was able to close the gap on the cars in front through turns three, four, five and six.
"I was disappointed with my start. I wanted to go high into turn three like I did in Milwaukee, but another driver had the same idea and I was blocked.
"Something definitely broke to cause my accident, but we won't know what until we completely break down the car and have a good look at it.
"Going into turn seven, I just lost all control and basically shot left, into the wall."