Franchitti prevails in wild IndyCar race at Toronto
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Dario Franchitti survived a crash-filled race, had a penalty against him reversed and then held off his Chip Ganassi Racing teammate, Scott Dixon, in the closing laps to win Sunday's Honda Indy Toronto.
The 85-lap race on the 1.755-mile street course in Toronto's Exhibition Place featured eight cautions, including several for multi-car crashes and one for an incident involving championship contenders Franchitti and Will Power from Team Penske.
Franchitti made contact with Power and spun him around on lap 57. Race officials originally assessed a drive-through penalty for Franchitti, but the penalty was repealed shortly after, allowing him to eventually grab the lead from Graham Rahal and then outrun Dixon at the finish for his fourth win of the season and the 30th of his IndyCar career.
Franchitti also won in Toronto in 1999 and 2009.
Dixon's second-place run gave Chip Ganassi Racing a 1-2 finish.
Power was also spun around by Canadian Alex Tagliani 10 laps after his encounter with Franchitti. The Australian slammed into the barrier, and he bowed out of the race with a 24th-place finish in the 26-car field. Power was verbally upset with both Franchitti and Tagliani after failing to finish his second straight race.
Ryan Hunter-Reay bounced back from a broken front wing early in the race to finish third. Marco Andretti and Vitor Meira rounded out the top-five.
With the win, Franchitti padded his points lead to 55 over Power and 83 ahead of Dixon.
07/10 17:32:47 ET