IndyCar Series 2013
The battles for the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series drivers’ and manufacturers’ championships will go down to the wire, as first and second-place finishes for Scott Dixon at the double header race weekend in Houston, Texas, resulted in a 25-point championship lead for Dixon and a tie between Honda and Chevrolet for manufacturer honors going into the season finale at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. Dixon can clinch his third title with a finish of fifth or better, no matter where sole remaining rival Helio Castroneves finishes.
Dixon, who scored his fourth victory of the season – and the ninth for Honda – in Saturday’s opening round, finished second today after a race-long battle with eventual winner Will Power. However, the finish to an otherwise exciting contest was marred by a massive last-lap crash that resulted in injuries to fourtime series champion Dario Franchitti, a race official, and several spectators.
Franchitti was chasing Takuma Sato for eighth place when Sato’s A.J. Foyt Racing machine got out of shape on the back side of the 1.6-mile temporary street circuit. Franchitti hit the back of Sato’s car and was launched into air, impacting the debris fence before landing back on the race circuit. E.J. Viso was unable to avoid Sato’s spinning car and also became involved in the crash. Franchitti was transported to a local hospital for treatment of back and ankle injuries. Both Sato and Viso escaped significant injury.
Starting from the outside of the front row, Dixon took over the lead on Lap 10 when championship rival Helio Castroneves was forced to pit with a broken transmission housing. Dixon then kept his Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda at the front of the field until being passed by Power shortly after a Lap 39 restart. The pair distanced themselves from the rest of the field after every pit stop and caution, and while Dixon repeatedly challenged for the lead, he was never able to pull off a successful passing attempt.
Behind the lead pair, Dale Coyne Racing’s Justin Wilson has his second strong finish of the weekend, taking fourth after battling with eventual third-place finisher James Hinchcliffe, Sebastien Bourdais and fellow Honda racer Simon Pagenaud.
For Wilson, today’s result was his fourth consecutive top-four finish and moved him from sixth to fourth in the series championship. Although a sixth-place finish today for Pagenaud removed him from championship contention, he remains third in the drivers’ championship standings.
The 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series concludes in two weeks, with the season ending and championship deciding MavTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway on Saturday, October 19.
|1||Will Power (Team Penske)|
|2||Scott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Racing)|
|3||James Hinchcliffe (Andretti Autosport)|
|4||Justin Wilson (Dale Coyne Racing)|
|5||Sebastien Bourdais (Dragon Racing)|
|6||Simon Pagenaud (Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports)|
|7||Oriol Servia (Panther Racing)|
|8||Charlie Kimball (Chip Ganassi Racing)|
|9||Mike Conway (Dale Coyne Racing)|
|10||Simona de Silvestro (KV Racing Technology)|
|11||Tristan Vautier (Schmidt Peterson Motorsports)|
|13||Josef Newgarden (Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing)|
|14||Takuma Sato (A.J. Foyt Racing)|
|15||Dario Franchitti (Chip Ganassi Racing)|
|17||James Jakes (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing)|
|18||Graham Rahal (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing)|
|19||Luca Filippi (Barracuda Racing/Bryan Herta)|