Dixon claims victory in Houston opener
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6 October 2013 – Scott Dixon brought himself back in contention for the IndyCar title by claiming victory in the opening race of this weekend's double-header at the Houston street circuit.
The Ganassi driver, who started from third, moved into the lead when Will Power suffered a slow pit-stop. His position was strengthened when he pitted under yellows and rejoined behind Luca Filippi and Power, who were yet to make their final stops.
When the aforementioned duo pitted, Dixon regained the lead and romped to a fourth win of the season. In the closing stint the New Zealander comfortably managed the gap back to Simona De Silvestro, before Mike Conway's late crash settled the result.
Dixon's triumph had a more profound effect due to title leader Hélio Castroneves' thus far disastrous weekend. The Penske driver qualified at the tail-end of the order, before gearbox problems saw his advantage in the standings cut from 49 points to eight.
Justin Wilson had to make do with third after his Dale Coyna team-mate hit the barriers, although the Briton will be delighted with his second podium in three races. Simon Pagenaud took fourth, as Josef Newgarden completed the top five positions.
The race was full of drama, beginning when James Hinchcliffe was hit by both Tristan Vautier and Ed Carpenter as the lights went out. Ryan Hunter-Reay endured technical problems, while pole-sitter Takuma Sato suffered an early puncture before crashing.