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Dixon Dusts Off Championship Hopes in Toronto

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Sunday, July 14 2013

Scott Dixon lept back into title contention in Canada. (Photo courtesy of the IZOD IndyCar Series)

Scott Dixon swept the IZOD IndyCar Series doubleheader Sunday by winning his second race in two days at the 1.755-mile Canadian street circuit.

By winning both races, the Target Chip Ganassi Racing driver moved to within 29 points of championship leader Helio Castroneves of Team Penske. Sunday’s win was his third straight.

Dixon, who won Race 1 of the Honda Indy Toronto by 1.7 seconds over Sebastien Bourdais following a Lap 84 restart, faced a similar situation in Race 2 and won under caution. He led all but three laps.

“It’s been a long time since I’ve had such a dominant day,” said Dixon, who led 81 laps. “I’m just happy for the team.”

Dixon also earned his 32nd Indy car victory to overtake Dario Franchitti, Bourdais and Paul Tracy for seventh on the all-time list. He’s won three races since Franchitti won his last in the 2012 Indianapolis 500. Bourdais’ last Indy car victory was Nov. 11, 2007, in Mexico City. Tracy, who is retired from Indy car racing, last won on June 24, 2007, at Cleveland.

Al Unser Jr. is next up with 34 victories (nine on ovals, 25 of road/street courses).

Of Dixon’s total, 17 have been on ovals and 15 on road/street courses. Dixon made his first Indy car start at Monterrey, Mexico, on March 11, 2001, and picked up his maiden victory at Nazareth less than two months later in a PacWest Racing car. He’s been with Target Chip Ganassi Racing since ’03.

“If we can get more victories, we’re obviously doing something right,” Dixon said. “I credit a lot of that to the team.”

TORONTO – Results Sunday of the Honda Indy Toronto Race 2 IZOD IndyCar Series event on the 1.755 mile Streets of Toronto, with order of finish, starting position in parentheses, driver, chassis-engine, laps completed and reason out (if any):

1. (1) Scott Dixon, Dallara-Honda, 85, Running

2. (3) Helio Castroneves, Dallara-Chevy, 85, Running

3. (7) Sebastien Bourdais, Dallara-Chevy, 85, Running

4. (2) Dario Franchitti, Dallara-Honda, 85, Running

5. (10) EJ Viso, Dallara-Chevy, 85, Running

6. (15) Charlie Kimball, Dallara-Honda, 85, Running

7. (23) Mike Conway, Dallara-Honda, 85, Running

8. (13) Justin Wilson, Dallara-Honda, 85, Running

9. (17) Marco Andretti, Dallara-Chevy, 85, Running

10. (8) Alex Tagliani, Dallara-Honda, 85, Running

11. (18) Josef Newgarden, Dallara-Honda, 85, Running

12. (12) Simon Pagenaud, Dallara-Honda, 85, Running

13. (19) Graham Rahal, Dallara-Honda, 84, Running

14. (9) Simona De Silvestro, Dallara-Chevy, 84, Running

15. (21) Sebastian Saavedra, Dallara-Chevy, 84, Running

16. (16) Tristan Vautier, Dallara-Honda, 84, Running

17. (24) Carlos Munoz, Dallara-Chevy, 84, Running

18. (5) Will Power, Dallara-Chevy, 83, Contact

19. (4) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Dallara-Chevy, 83, Contact

20. (14) Takuma Sato, Dallara-Honda, 83, Contact

21. (11) James Hinchcliffe, Dallara-Chevy, 81, Running

22. (22) Ed Carpenter, Dallara-Chevy, 77, Contact

23. (20) James Jakes, Dallara-Honda, 62, Contact

24. (6) Tony Kanaan, Dallara-Chevy, 35, Contact

Race Statistics

Winners average speed: 94.177

Time of Race: 01:35:02.3755

Margin of victory: Under Caution

Cautions: 10

Lead changes: 3

Lap Leaders:

Dixon 1 – 23

Castroneves 24 – 25

Power 26 – 27

Dixon 28 – 85

Point Standings: Castroneves 425, Dixon 396, Hunter-Reay 356, Andretti 255, Pagenaud 309, Kanaan 307, Franchitti 307, Hinchcliffe 305, Wilson 296, Power 273

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Sunday, July 14 2013
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