Weekend sweep for Dixon in Toronto


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Updated: 7/14/2013 7:22 pm Published: 7/14/2013 4:46 pm


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 caution.

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 Raceway.

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."


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