Dixon completes sweep at Toronto, closes in on Castroneves

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Scott Dixon completes a perfect weekend with his win in the second race of the Honda Indy Toronto  2 in TO Weekend and his 32nd career win. Yesterday he came to life late in the race and had to fight off Sebastien Bourdais, today he started from the pole and flat out dominated today’s race. Despite 2 late yellows for accidents, Dixon was able to cruise to his 3rd straight win.

He now has his sights set on the series championship as he is now 29 points behind Helio Castroneves. Before his win at Pocono, he was 92 points out of the lead.

“The race was a little faster pace today, so we were definitely trying to hang on there. I think it’s been since, ’03 or ’08, I don’t know, since we’ve had that kind of run. I’m just so happy for the team. Second place in the points now. What a turnaround in a couple of weeks. It’s a big difference.”

His 32nd career win puts him in sole possession of 7th on the all time win list, 3 wins behind Al Unser, Jr in 6th.

For winning both races of the weekend, Dixon also picks up $100,000 from Sonax as part of the Sonax Perfect Sweep bonus.

After finishing 6th yesterday, Castroneves finished in 2nd in his #3 Hitachi Chevy powered entry, scoring his 5th podium of the season and his 12th top ten of the season.

“The car was better today,” Castroneves said. “They were in a different league, Scott and Ganassi guys. I was pushing. Whatever he is taking for breakfast, I want it. Scott, tell me what you’re having for breakfast. Let’s be realistic: The guy was leading the whole race, 13 seconds ahead.”

After leading most of yesterday’s race, Sebastien Bourdais came home in 3rd place despite not having push to pass at his disposal due to a technical glitch on his #7 McAfee Chevy powered entry. This is the first back to back podium for the Frenchman since 2007, when he won at Surfer’s Paradise and Mexico City.

“It was really hard, and it was from seventh place,” Bourdais said. “Things just turned our way. I was hooked up.”

Fellow Ganassi driver Dario Franchitti started in 2nd but right at the start made contact with another car and damaged his front wing and punctured his tire. Franchitti had to pit for fresh rubber and a wing change. Despite all that, the Scotsman caught the back of the pack under green and rallied to finish in 4th place.

Will Power, like yesterday, was running inside the top 5 with just a few laps to go until he got caught up in an accident with just a few laps to go. He got loose coming off of turn 2 and collected Ryan Hunter-Reay.

EJ Viso finished in 5th, his second top 5 of the season.

The biggest mover of the race again today was Detroit race 1 winner Mike Conway, who finished in 7th after starting in 23rd place. Yesterday he started in 20th and finished in 7th. Dale Coyne Racing teammate Justin Wilson finished behind him in 8th place. Marco Andretti finished in 9th and Alex Tagliani rounds out the top 10 as he scores his 2nd top ten of the season and first since the season opener at St. Petersburg.

After the standings start failed yesterday, IndyCar and officials from Green-Savoree Promotions elected to try it again today and changed the rules so that if the start failed on the 1st attempt, a 2nd attempt would be made. Ed Carpenter was the only driver that stalled at the green light, and all other drivers got away without incident.

Finishing Order

  1. Scott Dixon
  2. Helio Castroneves
  3. Sebastien Bourdais
  4. Dario Franchitti
  5. E.J. Viso
  6. Charlie Kimball
  7. Mike Conway
  8. Justin Wilson
  9. Marco Andretti
  10. Alex Tagliani
  11. Josef Newgarden
  12. Simon Pagenaud
  13. Sebastian Saavedra
  14. Graham Rahal
  15. Simona de Silvestro
  16. Tristan Vautier
  17. Carloz Munoz
  18. Will Power
  19. Ryan Hunter-Reay
  20. Takuma Sato
  21. James Hinchcliffe
  22. Ed Carpenter
  23. James Jakes
  24. Tony Kanaan

Points standings:

  1. Helio Castroneves 425
  2. Scott Dixon 396
  3. Ryan Hunter-Reay 356
  4. Marco Andretti 355
  5. Simon Pagenaud 309
  6. Tony Kanaan 307
  7. Dario Franchitti 306
  8. James Hinchcliffe 305
  9. Justin Wilson 296
  10. Will Power 273
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