(NASHVILLE,TN) – Scott Dixon showed today why he’s the GOAT in the NTT IndyCar Series. After all the smoke and debris cleared, Dixon put his No. 9 PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing Honda in victory lane and now hes 2nd on the all time wins list (53) just behind the legendary A.J. Foyt (67).

Not only did Dixon put himself alone in 2nd place on the all time wins list, but he also moved one step closer to collecting his 7th NTT IndyCar Series Championship, which would tie him again with Foyt for the most championships with 7. The 6-time champion is now just 6 points behind current points leader Will Power.

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Dixon passed 3 cars at the start of the race, then lost a spot and then ran over debris from a chain-reaction shunt that was started by Graham Rahal in his No. 15 United Rentals RLL Honda running into the back of Pato O’Ward in his No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet in Turn #6 on Lap #26 following one of many restarts on the day. That forced many drivers to try and squeeze past and brake earlier and 2 permanent victims were Dalton Kellett in his No. 4 K-Line AJ Foyt Chevrolet along with Simona De Silvestro in her No. 16 Acumatica Paretta Autosport Chevrolet.

The debris caused damaged in the floor of the Chip Ganassi Racing Honda and also punctured a tire, but Dixon dug down deep and drove his way through the field, which kept getting condensed by more caution flags.

With the red flag waving with 3 laps left, Josef Newgarden in his No. 2 PPG Team Penske Chevrolet bounced Romain Grosjean in his No. 28 DHL Andretti Autosport Honda into a wall, Dixon had to endure a 1.5 lap dash to the checkered flag on old tires, holding off the fast and undamaged No. 3 DEX Imaging Team Penske Chevrolet of pole sitter Scott McLaughlin. He passed the checkered flag less than 0.2 sec.

“The tough thing about the weekend was knowing that the PNC Bank #9 was super fast, we proved that in the warm-up,” Dixon said after the race.

“Kudos to the team, we had a big crash there that took half the floor off, so we had to take four turns of front wing out, we had no grip. And then I think we did 45-50 laps on that last set of tires, so the last stop we didn’t even take tires.

“Oh man, Nashville is so awesome! I was real worried about Scott [McLaughlin] because I knew he’d take a chance – he kind of has to with the standings at the moment – and he was super-fast on fresher tires, so I was a sitting duck. A lap or two more would’ve been really tough to do.”

McLaughlin, who suffered a bad pit stop that dropped him to P15 was asked how much more time he needed to earn his third win of the season. McLaughlin is 58 points back with 3 races to go.

“One lap, we were side by side across the finish line. We were 15th on that last pit exchange, just had an awesome restart and the car was fast, it was unreal.

“Just fell short at the end but congrats to Scotty, I always dreamed about racing him until the end. I had a lot of fun and that’s why I’ve come to IndyCar racing. This is the best racing in the world.

“Great weekend, great for the points and we’ll just keep pushing in the last three races of the year.”