DETROIT - JUNE 03: Scott Dixon of New Zealand drives his #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda Dallara DW12 during the IZOD INDYCAR Series Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix on Belle Isle on June 3, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

Detroit Grand Prix 2012: Honda Driver Scott Dixon Wins Caution-Filled Race

After finishing in second place in the Indianapolis 500, Scott Dixon took the 2012 Detroit Grand Prix with a wire-to-wire victory on Sunday.

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2012 Detroit Grand Prix Results: Scott Dixon Pulls Off Wire-To-Wire Victory

After a nightmarish situation where track conditions delayed the completion of the race, Honda driver Scott Dixon put forth an impressive wire-to-wire performance to take the 2012 Detroit Grand Prix in exciting fashion.

With a green flag for the race's final seven laps after a litany of problems forced the 90-lap race to be cut to 60, Dixon was able to fight off Indy 500 winner Dario Franchitti and rookie Simon Pagenaud in the remaining trips around the track to pick up the victory.

Dixon, the pole-sitter, and Will Power, who started in the No. 2 spot, remained locked in their initial 1-2 positions until the race was put under a red flag and eventually shortened after roughly a two hour delay. After the restart, recent champion Franchitti made a valiant effort to pick up a back-to-back victory with a series of impressive passes with caution flags popping up left and right, but was unable to make up enough ground on a near-flawless Dixon in the end.

Dixon's wire-to-wire victory will unfortunately be marred by the downright awful track conditions that put all of the drivers' safety in jeopardy, but owner Chip Ganassi's latest coup of back-to-back top two finishes from his two hottest drivers might be the real story.

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PHOTO: Mangled Track Conditions At Belle Isle's 2012 Detroit Grand Prix

In easily one of the worst conceivable situations for fans of racing in the city of Detroit, Sunday's long-awaited 2012 Belle Isle Grand Prix has been put under a red flag due to extreme track conditions.

After a handful of drivers smacked the wall due to apparently getting bits of the track caught in their cars coming around certain turns, the ABC telecast caught a number of pit members attempting to pry away loose pieces of road while the race remained under a yellow caution. The shots of the track caught by broadcast cameras were, in a word, horrific.


In addition to the track coming apart, pieces of asphalt have also begun to fly into the stands, offering fans in attendance one of the oddest, most unique types of racing souvenirs imaginable. With officials working tirelessly to repair the track into a workable racing condition, it remains unclear when the race will resume, if at all.

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2012 Detroit Grand Prix Update: Scott Dixon Leads Sold-Out Race At Red Flag Stoppage After 45 Laps

The 90-lap Detroit Grand Prix is underway on Belle Isle, and Honda driver Scott Dixon holds the No. 1 spot by a wide margin over Will Power at the race's halfway point with a sold-out crowd in attendance.

Dixon, the pole-sitter after a 105.978 qualifying speed, has been virtually flawless thus far, and leads Power by more than 10 seconds through 45 laps as the two have quite literally dominated the first half of the race. In third place sits first-year Honda driver Simon Pagenaud, a rookie who is continuing his strong week in Motown.

2012 Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti made a valiant effort early on after starting in the No. 15 spot, but clipped a left wing on the 24th lap and was passed by a number of other racers. His car was reportedly okay and he currently sits in the eighth spot, but will have a hard time catching the duo of Dixon and Power over the final 45 laps on such a tight track.

Over the last few laps the track has taken plenty of abuse unfortunately, as pieces have come up and caused a number of drivers to wreck. With the drivers' safety the utmost concern, the race entered a red flag after the 45h lap as IndyCar officials determined how to best deal with the mangled track.

With Dixon and Power going a perfect 1 and 2 all day, the final stretch, if it ever happens, would figure to bring a great deal of excitement to all of the eager Detroit fans who turned out for a glorious Sunday afternoon in the city. Dixon can already sniff a victory after coming in second place at last week's Indy 500 however, and is just another near-perfect 45-lap stretch away from taking this year's race in spectacular fashion.

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