IndyCar Series 2013
Scott Dixon Scores Honda’s 200th IndyCar Victory, Leads 1-2-3 Honda Sweep at Pocono Raceway
Target Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon led a Honda-powered sweep Sunday at Pocono Raceway, taking his first victory of 2013 – and Honda’s milestone 200th Indy car win – as he led teammates Charlie Kimball and Dario Franchitti to the checkers in Sunday’s Pocono INDYCAR 400.
Honda’s first Indy car win, posted by Andre Ribeiro and Tasman Motorsports in 1995, also came on an oval: the one-mile New Hampshire International Speedway. But today’s 200th came at the fast, challenging 2.5-mile Pocono speedway, in the second round in the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series “Triple Crown”, which also includes the Indianapolis 500 and the season-ending MAV TV 500 at Auto Club Speedway in California.
Running the latest specification Honda Indy V6 Turbo engine, Dixon powered through the field from his 17th grid position during the first half of the 400-mile contest, then took advantage of superior fuel mileage to lead 38 of the final 50 laps and record his 30th career victory.
Coupled with the finishes from teammates Kimball and Franchitti, the result marked the first team 1-2-3 Triple Crown race sweep since Bobby Unser, Rick Mears and Mario Andretti scored a 1-2-3 for Team Penske at Ontario Motor Speedway in 1979. In addition to being Honda’s 200th Indy car triumph, it also was the 100th Indy car victory for Dixon’s Target Chip Ganassi team.
Behind the lead trio, second-year IndyCar driver Josef Newgarden scored a career-best fifth for Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing, passing fellow Honda driver Simon Pagenaud on the last lap, when the Detroit race winner was briefly delayed by lapped traffic. Justin Wilson made it six Honda-powered cars in the top seven finishing positions with his best oval track result since finishing fifth at Indianapolis in May.
After a run of four consecutive oval race weekends, the IZOD IndyCar Series returns to road racing next week with the Honda Indy Toronto, July 14 on the Exhibition Place street circuit in downtown Toronto, Canada.
|1||Scott Dixon (Target Chip Ganassi)|
|2||Charlie Kimball (Chip Ganassi Racing)|
|3||Dario Franchitti (Target Chip Ganassi)|
|4||Will Power (Team Penske)|
|5||Josef Newgarden (Sarah Fisher Hartman)|
|6||Simon Pagenaud (Schmidt Hamilton)|
|7||Justin Wilson (Dale Coyne Racing)|
|8||Helio Castroneves (Team Penske)|
|9||Ed Carpenter (Ed Carpenter Racing)|
|10||Marco AndrettiAndretti Autosport)|
|12||James Jakes (Rahal Letterman Lanigan)|
|15||Pippa Mann (Dale Coyne Racing)|
|17||Alex TaglianiBarracuda Racing/BHA)|
|18||Graham Rahal (Rahal Letterman Lanigan)|
|19||Tristan Vautier-R Schmidt Peterson)|
|22||Takuma Sato (A.J. Foyt Racing)|