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Scott Dixon shakes off past Long Beach troubles, rolls to first victory on the street circuit

  • Scott Dixon, of New Zealand, reacts in the Winner's Circle after winning the IndyCar Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach auto race on Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Long Beach, Calif. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

    Scott Dixon, of New Zealand, reacts in the Winner's Circle after winning the IndyCar Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach auto race on Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Long Beach, Calif. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)  (The Associated Press)

  • Scott Dixon (9), of New Zealand, drives through a turn in front of Simon Pagenaud (22), of France, on his way to winning the IndyCar Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach auto race on Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Long Beach, Calif. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

    Scott Dixon (9), of New Zealand, drives through a turn in front of Simon Pagenaud (22), of France, on his way to winning the IndyCar Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach auto race on Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Long Beach, Calif. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)  (The Associated Press)

  • Helio Castroneves (3), of Brazil, takes the lead to start the IndyCar Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach auto race in front of Juan Pablo Montoya (2), of Colombia, and Scott Dixon (9), of New Zealand, Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Long Beach, Calif. Scott Dixon won the race. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

    Helio Castroneves (3), of Brazil, takes the lead to start the IndyCar Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach auto race in front of Juan Pablo Montoya (2), of Colombia, and Scott Dixon (9), of New Zealand, Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Long Beach, Calif. Scott Dixon won the race. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)  (The Associated Press)

Scott Dixon passed Helio Castroneves during a mid-race pit stop and dominated the rest of the way Sunday to win the Grand Prix of Long Beach for the first time.

A three-time IndyCar Series champion, Dixon has not had much luck on the 1.968-mile, 11-turn temporary street circuit, finishing fourth in 2010 for his only previous top 10 at Long Beach.

The New Zealander started Sunday's race third, quickly passed series leader Juan Pablo Montoya and took the lead after Castroneves nearly collided with another car in the pits on lap 33.

Dixon turned back one challenge from Castroneves during the remainder of the 80-lap race and passed Bobby Unser for fifth place on the career victory list with 36. It also was Chip Ganassi Racing's first victory this season.

Castroneves finished second, Montoya third and Simon Pagenaud fourth to give Team Penske another strong finish.