From the streets of Toronto to the heat of Texas, it was another exciting weekend for action motorsports fans this past Saturday and Sunday. The Verizon IndyCar Series made its lone 2018 trip north of the border, while rallycross finally returned to American soil with the country’s first permanent course at Circuit of the Americas, and ERX Motor Park hosted its third annual Off-Road National.
On top of all that, some of racing’s biggest names were across the Atlantic, competing in the Silver Jubilee of the Goodwood Festival of Speed. From Pikes Peak winners to British touring cars to Mike Skinner’s former championship-winning NASCAR truck, it was a celebration of everything pure and fun about racing. Here’s a look at some of the drivers who impressed the most:
Verizon IndyCar Series: Scott Dixon
There’s a reason they call Dixon “Iceman,” and he proved it once again at Honda Indy Toronto on Sunday. A week after facing issues at Iowa Speedway, the Chip Ganassi Racing driver claimed the 44th victory of his legendary IndyCar career, extending his championship lead to 62 points over Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden, last year’s champion. After Newgarden clipped the Turn 11 wall just before the midway point of the race, Dixon took the top spot and led 49 of the final 53 laps.
Lucas Oil Midwest Short Course League: Johnny Greaves
One of the best to ever do it, Greaves had an outstanding weekend at ERX Motor Park in the second-ever Midwest Short Course League event. The longtime Pro 4 star swept both Friday and Saturday’s rounds, leading his son and defending class champion CJ to the line in the former and Andrew Carlson to the line in the latter. Having last won a championship in 2014, Greaves only needs to keep ahead of his son at Bark River next month and Crandon on Labor Day weekend to reclaim the title.
Goodwood Festival of Speed: Romain Dumas
Having already shattered the existing course record at the 96th Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, Dumas and the Volkswagen Motorsport ID R Pikes Peak were a heavy favorite to put on a show at the 25th annual event at Goodwood. They didn’t disappoint: Dumas not only set an electric vehicle record at the prestigious event, but he won the Top Ten Shootout with a remarkable time of just 43.86 seconds. The fastest non-electric car was 2.6 seconds behind him.
ARX: Scott Speed
Speed remains undefeated in rallycross events at Circuit of the Americas, having won X Games Austin in both 2014 and 2015 as part of Red Bull Global Rallycross. This time around, the course was a bit different (and permanent), but Speed and the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross crew picked up where they left off by winning the inaugural DirtFish ARX of COTA to take the series points lead. Speed held off Ken Block for the win, extending his advantage to nearly three seconds at the finish line.