IndyCar Series 2013
Three in a Row for Honda, Target Chip Ganassi Racing
Scott Dixon dominated Sunday’s second round of the Honda Indy Toronto IZOD IndyCar Series race weekend, scoring his third consecutive race win in the process and moving both himself and Honda into the thick of their championship battles with six races remaining.
Starting from the pole in the first standing start since INDYCAR adopted the Dallara DW12 chassis in 2012, Dixon rocketed into a lead he would only surrender during normal pit-stop rotation, and survived two late-race restarts to score his 32nd career Indy car victory, leading all current drivers and placing him seventh on the all-time win list. Dixon also moves into second in the Drivers’ Championship, 29 points behind second-place finisher Helio Castroneves. Honda, meanwhile, closed the gap in the Manufacturers’ Championship to just three points.
Dixon’s Target Chip Ganassi Racing teammate, Dario Franchitti, completed the comeback performance of the day. The four-time series champion started on the outside of the front row, but lost ground following the standing start and then damaged a front wing in contact with Castroneves. Forced to pit for a new nose and front-wing assembly, Dario clawed his way through the field to finish fourth and also gain ground in the championship fight.
Following his second-place finish last week on the Pocono Raceway oval, Charlie Kimball completed another strong finish in Toronto, taking the checkers sixth in his NovoRapid FlexTouch Honda Dallara, as he successfully worked his way through a multi-car crash on Lap 84 that caused the race to end under the caution flag.
Detroit race winner Mike Conway was the biggest winner in the closing lap chaos, jumping from 11th to seventh, just ahead of his Dale Coyne Racing teammate, Justin Wilson, who was briefly delayed in the stack up involving defending series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay, Will Power, and Takuma Sato, who was an innocent victim in the crash that cost him a 10th-place finish.
With the second of the season’s three doubleheader race weekends now complete, the IZOD IndyCar Series takes the next two weeks off. Indy cars return to the United States for the balance of the 2012 season, starting with the August 5 Honda Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
|1||Scott Dixon (Target Chip Ganassi)|
|2||Helio Castroneve (Team Penske)|
|3||Sebastien Bourdais (Dragon Racing)|
|4||Dario Franchitti (Target Chip Ganassi)|
|5||E.J. Viso (Andretti Autosport)|
|6||Charlie Kimball (Chip Ganassi Racing)|
|7||Mike Conway (Dale Coyne Racing)|
|8||Justin Wilson (Dale Coyne Racing)|
|9||Marco Andretti (Andretti Autosport)|
|10||Alex Tagliani (Barracuda Racing/BHA)|
|11||Josef Newgarden (Sarah Fisher Hartman)|
|12||Simon Pagenaud (Schmidt Hamilton)|
|14||Graham Rahal (Rahal Letterman Lanigan)|
|16||Tristan Vautier-R (Schmidt Peterson)|
|20||Takuma Sato (A.J. Foyt Racing)|
|23||James Jakes (Rahal Letterman Lanigan)|