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Franchitti Wins At Iowa

Jim Pedley | Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Sunday, June 21 2009

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indycarcarDario Franchitti became a two-time winner at Iowa Speedway Sunday when he won the Iowa Corn Indy 250.

The victory moved the Target Chip Ganassi Racing driver to second place in the IndyCar Series standings and to within three points of leader Ryan Briscoe.

Briscoe, of Team Penske, finished second, over 5 seconds behind.

Hideki Mutoh of Andretti Green Racing was third and Dan Wheldon of Panther Racing was forth.

Scott Dixon was fifth and slipped from second to third in points.

The victory was the second of the season for Franchitti, who also won the Long Beach Grand Prix street race.

Helio Castroneves was involved in an early accident in which the front wing of his car was ripped off. But this year’s Indianapolis 500 winner came back to finish seventh.

Danica Patrick finished ninth.

Franchitti won the debut race at Iowa back in 2007. Wheldon won at the .875-mile track last year.

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Results Sunday of the Iowa Corn Indy 250 IndyCar Series event June 21 at the 0.894-mile Iowa Speedway, with order of finish, starting position in parentheses, driver, chassis-engine, laps completed and reason out (if any):

1. (4) Dario Franchitti, Dallara-Honda, 250, Running

2. (2) Ryan Briscoe, Dallara-Honda, 250, Running

3. (11) Hideki Mutoh, Dallara-Honda, 250, Running

4. (6) Dan Wheldon, Dallara-Honda, 250, Running

5. (3) Scott Dixon, Dallara-Honda, 249, Running

6. (16) Tomas Scheckter, Dallara-Honda, 249, Running

7. (1) Helio Castroneves, Dallara-Honda, 249, Running

8. (19) Mike Conway, Dallara-Honda, 249, Running

9. (5) Danica Patrick, Dallara-Honda, 249, Running

10. (13) Ed Carpenter, Dallara-Honda, 248, Running

11. (9) Graham Rahal, Dallara-Honda, 245, Running

12. (8) Marco Andretti, Dallara-Honda, 244, Running

13. (20) Jaques Lazier, Dallara-Honda, 237, Running

14. (7) Tony Kanaan, Dallara-Honda, 108, Contact

15. (14) Robert Doornbos, Dallara-Honda, 58, Handling

16. (12) Raphael Matos, Dallara-Honda, 53, Contact

17. (15) Mario Moraes, Dallara-Honda, 52, Contact

18. (10) Justin Wilson, Dallara-Honda, 33, Contact

19. (17) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Dallara-Honda, 2, Contact

20. (18) E.J. Viso, Dallara-Honda, 0, Contact

      Race Statistics

      Winner’s average speed: 134.371 mph

      Time of race: 1:39:47.9077

      Margin of victory: 5.0132 seconds

      Cautions: 5 caution flags for 46 laps

      Lead changes: 12 among 7 drivers

      Lap leaders: Castroneves 1-16, Dixon 17, Franchitti 18-19, Briscoe 20-35, Patrick 36-57, Kanaan 58-105, Wheldon 106-113, Briscoe 114-125, Franchitti 126-137, Briscoe 138-194, Franchitti 195-197, Patrick 198-199, Franchitti 200-250.

      Point standings: Briscoe 241, Franchitti 238, Dixon 226, Castroneves 212, Patrick 189, Wheldon 184, Kanaan 162, Andretti 159, Rahal 145, Mutoh 142.

Jim Pedley | Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Sunday, June 21 2009
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