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Scott Dixon Wins the Inaugural Desert Diamonds West Valley Grand Prix Under the Lights at Phoenix International Raceway

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Avondale, ARIZ. (April 2, 2016) – Helio Castroneves set a track record and started Saturday’s running of the inaugural Verizon IndyCar Racing Series Desert Diamonds West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix on the pole, holding the first place until he had to pit on lap 39 after cutting a right front tire.  He was unable to make up the lost he time in the pits and would ultimately finish 11th.  Juan Pablo Montoya then went to the front and lead the race for the next 56 laps until he too cut a right front tire.  Scott Dixon and the Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet then took the lead.  Dixon went on the dominate the race, taking the checkered flag under caution.  Dixon started the race in the No. 9 position.

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Simon Pagenaudand the No. 22 DeVilbiss Team Penske Chevrolet finished in second place.  It was his second race in a row to take second, putting him in the lead for Verizon Indy Car Racing Series points.  Pagenaudand has a 83 point lead over Dixon.

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The No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet driven by Will Power finished 3rd, putting them on the podium in Phoenix.

Dixon’s Phoenix Gran Prix win was his 39th Indy car win.  He is now tied with An Unser Jr. for 4th in Indy car wins.  Dixon’s win earned him his 20th Indy car oval track win.  He has 19 road course wins in Indy cars and will be looking for his 20th win in Long Beach next week.

Scroll down to check out many of these cars and drivers in action on the track Saturday under the light at Phoenix International Raceway.

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