Weekend sweep for Dixon in Toronto
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Scott Dixon scored a weekend sweep in the
IndyCar Series doubleheader on the streets of Toronto with a dominating
performance in the second race on Sunday.
Dixon, who won the pole for race 2 on Saturday and then took the checkered
flag for race 1 later that day, led 81 of 85 laps in the second event. The
Chip Ganassi Racing driver relinquished the lead only during a round of pit
stops in the early going. Team Penske teammates Helio Castroneves and Will
Power led a pair of laps each.
A caution for an incident involving Ed Carpenter set up a two-lap sprint to
the finish. After the final restart, Dixon pulled ahead of second-place runner
Castroneves. An accident involving Ryan Hunter-Reay, the defending IndyCar
champion, and Takuma Sato following the restart forced the race to end under
The event had run caution-free until lap 65 when James Jakes made contact with
the tire barrier.
"It's been a long time since I've had such a dominant day," Dixon said. "I'm
just happy for the team."
Dixon collected a $100,000 bonus for victories in both races at this 1.75-
mile, 11-turn street circuit. He earned his 32nd career IndyCar victory,
including his third win in a row. Dixon won last weekend's race at Pocono
Prior to Pocono, Dixon sat fifth in the standings and trailed leader
Castroneves by 92 points, but after three straight wins, Dixon has moved to
within 29 points of Castroneves.
"It's quite a turnaround in a couple of weeks, and I hope we can keep it
going," Dixon noted.
Castroneves finished second, while Sebastien Bourdais posted his second
consecutive podium finish with a third-place run. Bourdais was runner-up to
Dixon in race 1.
"When you have a good car, it's awesome," Bourdais said. "I scored as many
points (in Toronto this weekend) than I've scored all season."
Dario Franchitti, who is Dixon's teammate, took the fourth spot, while E.J.
Viso completed the top-five.
Charlie Kimball was sixth, followed by Mike Conway, Justin Wilson, Marco
Andretti and Alex Tagliani.
Carlos Munoz finished 17th, substituting for the injured Ryan Briscoe in the
No. 4 Panther Racing car. Briscoe fractured his right wrist during a multi-car
crash in the closing laps of race 1. He is scheduled to have surgery on his
wrist on Monday but is expected to have a quick recovery.
Munoz, who finished second to Tony Kanaan in the May 26 Indianapolis 500, had
to start this race from the rear of the field due to a driver change.
"It was a long race and a hard race for me," Munoz said. "It was basically my
first time in an Indy car on a street course, and I didn't know what to expect
to be in a race here with so many cars out there."
07/19 10:01:05 ET
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