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Franchitti Wins At Infineon

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Sunday, August 23 2009

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indycarcarDario Franchitti led at the start and led at the finish and led every lap in between in Sunday’s IndyCar Series race at Infineon Raceway.

His margin of victory was just a couple of feet over second-place Ryan Briscoe, but the closeness of that was attributable to the fact that a restart with four laps to go bunched up the field.

The victory was the fourth of the season for Franchitti and his Target Chip Ganassi Racing team.

Briscoe moved to the points lead with his finish. Franchitti is second, four points back.

Mike Conway finished third and Mario Moraes was fourth Sunday.

Scott Dixon, who started the race as the points leader, was involved in a first-lap, seven-car wreck and was never a factor. He slipped to third in points, 20 behind the leader.

That early wreck also involved Graham Rahal, A.J. Viso, Marco Andretti and Danica Patrick.

Results Sunday of the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma IndyCar Series event at the 2.303-mile Infineon Raceway, with order of finish, starting position in parentheses, driver, chassis-engine, laps completed and reason out (if any):

1. (1) Dario Franchitti, Dallara-Honda, 75, Running

2. (2) Ryan Briscoe, Dallara-Honda, 75, Running

3. (9) Mike Conway, Dallara-Honda, 75, Running

4. (14) Mario Moraes, Dallara-Honda, 75, Running

5. (5) Hideki Mutoh, Dallara-Honda, 75, Running

6. (17) Oriol Servia, Dallara-Honda, 75, Running

7. (22) Justin Wilson, Dallara-Honda, 75, Running

8. (7) Tony Kanaan, Dallara-Honda, 75, Running

9. (18) Raphael Matos, Dallara-Honda, 75, Running

10. (15) Robert Doornbos, Dallara-Honda, 75, Running

11. (20) Ed Carpenter, Dallara-Honda, 75, Running

12. (12) Dan Wheldon, Dallara-Honda, 75, Running

13. (10) Scott Dixon, Dallara-Honda, 75, Running

14. (4) Marco Andretti, Dallara-Honda, 75, Running

15. (19) Richard Antinucci, Dallara-Honda, 75, Running

16. (11) Danica Patrick, Dallara-Honda, 74, Running

17. (21) Milka Duno, Dallara-Honda, 71, Running

18. (3) Helio Castroneves, Dallara-Honda, 66, Contact

19. (16) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Dallara-Honda, 65, Mechanical

20. (8) Franck Montagny, Dallara-Honda, 57, Handling

21. (6) Graham Rahal, Dallara-Honda, 30, Mechanical

22. (13) E.J. Viso, Dallara-Honda, 0, Contact

23. (23) Will Power, Dallara-Honda, 0, Did Not Start

24. (24) Nelson Philippe, Dallara-Honda, 0, Did Not Start

Race Statistics

Winner’s average speed: 94.745 mph

Time of race: 1:49:23.0073

Margin of victory: 0.2488 of a second

Cautions: 2 caution flags for 7 laps

Lead changes: no lead changes

Lap leaders: Franchitti 1-75.

Point standings: Briscoe 497, Franchitti 493, Dixon 477,

Castroneves 371, Patrick 335, Andretti 323, Kanaan 318,

Wheldon 306, Rahal 301, Mutoh 297.

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Sunday, August 23 2009
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