It’s been a very long wait since September to see the new IndyCar season kick-off at the famed Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth.
It was going to be within the streets of St. Pete in Florida.
But COVID-19 has held back for another two and a half months until now.
Before the race started, there’s plenty of issues in trying to launch the race car.
It’s mainly to do within the Honda camp.
Thanks to a horrible crash during Qualifying, Takuma Sato couldn’t pass race inspection. So he’s out.
The same goes for Graham Rahal, Alex Rossi, and Ryan Hunter-Reay, who each suffered electrical issues.
But one of them recovered who went on to justify P8, which goes to Hunter-Reay.
It’s a great first 30 laps from Polesitter Josef Newgarden, who remained strong as soon as the green flag waved.
But constant vibration issues noticed before the first round of pit stops after Lap 30 saw Newgarden’s race car not capable of challenging upfront.
From there, Scott Dixon took the lead baton off Newgarden & remained unbeatable for the rest of the night.
Yes, there were doubts if the right rear wheel nut fell off on pit road that could’ve seen Dixon fall into the same trap as Newgarden thanks to the debris caution on Lap 75.
Those rumors put into bed when Dixon bounced back before the halfway mark.
Plus the late threat from his Ganassi team-mate Felix Rosenquist.
The Swede was close to hijacking Dixon’s march thanks to his tactic during the last pit stop rounds with 14 to go.
But it didn’t last too long when one of the lapped cars collected Rosenquvist into the high banked wall thanks to James Hinchcliffe.
And that paved the clear pathway for Dixon to strike victory in the end with his No.9 Ganassi race car.
It was a great start to see from the five-time IndyCar champion who continues to produce such memorable moments like this tonight.
Since his wife Emma recently gave birth to child No.3 & a first for a boy (Kent), he’ll look on to reflect his dad’s illustrious career before this little guy hopes to be as inspirational as Scotty one day.