(Milwaukee, Wi) -- PacWest Racing's dream start to the 2000 Dayton Indy Lights Championship continued in Wisconsin today when Scott Dixon made it "two from two" at the Milwaukee Mile. Dixon, who started from pole in the race which was...
(Milwaukee, Wi) -- PacWest Racing's dream start to the 2000 Dayton Indy Lights Championship continued in Wisconsin today when Scott Dixon made it "two from two" at the Milwaukee Mile.
Dixon, who started from pole in the race which was postponed a day due to rain, inherited the lead from his teammate Tony Renna on lap 67 in his #17 Invensys/Powerware PacWest Lights machine and was never headed as his drove towards another bag of championship points.
The 19 year-old New Zealander won the opening round of the championship in Long Beach back on April 16. Today's win was the third of his career after winning from the pole at Chicago last season -- It was the fourth Lights win for the PacWest organization.
Renna, started fourth on the grid, but took the lead at the first corner when he made a fantastic outside move on the three cars in front of him. The move had the crowd on its feet, but Renna's lead in the #18 Motorola PacWest Lights car would eventually come to an end to due mechanical problems.
Dixon went on to dominate the race and won by more than eight seconds despite the field closing up on him late in the event due to full course yellow flag conditions.
Dixon won the race from Australian Jason Bright for the second time this year while Mexico's Mario Dominguez was third.
SCOTT DIXON -- #17 INVENSYS/POWERWARE PACWEST LIGHTS -- 1st
"I guess you could not ask for a better start to the championship," said Dixon, who had his parents Ron and Glenys watching from the pits.
"This has given us a nice foundation to build on for the rest of the year.
"It is certainly disappointing for Tony (Renna), but I am sure we will have a few more chances to put a 1-2 result together this year.
"This is another great reward for the Invensys/Powerware team and everyone at PacWest Racing who gave me this drive at the start of the year.
"We must go on from here and not loose sight of our overall objective, which is, of course, winning the championship."
TONY RENNA -- # 18 MOTOROLA PACWEST LIGHTS
"I set myself for the start and everything came together as we went green," said Renna.
"The car was going great and then it was obvious we had a problem.
"We backed off, but we continued to loose rpm and eventually we had to bring it in.
"It is very disappointing considering how well we were running. We should have been celebrating Motorola's first win of the year.
"We just have to re-group and make sure we have every chance at the next race."
PAUL "ZIGGY" HARCUS -- TEAM MANAGER
"Two out of two for Scott (Dixon) is fantastic, but it could certainly have been a 1-2 for PacWest," said Harcus.
"Tony made an tremendous start and was doing everything right before a trail of smoke started to appear.
"We have had a major oil leak of some description. We have checked all the hoses and everything, but nothing indicates straight away what the problem is.
"I guess we will not know the problem until we get back to the shop and have a close look at."