Dixon Owns The Glen

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Scott Dixon tied an IndyCar® Series record by winning his third consecutive race at one track. His victory in the Camping World Watkins Glen Grand Prix, by 6.2591 seconds, over Sam Hornish Jr., makes him undefeated at the historic circuit in an IndyCar race car. Andretti Green Racing drivers took the next three positions with 2007 Indy 500 winner Dario Franchitti in third, Tony Kanaan fourth and Marco Andretti fifth. Dixon joins Formula One legend Graham Hill (1963-1965) as a three-time consecutive winner at The Glen. The victorious Dixon said, "It's definitely a place I love to come. It's a fantastic facility, a good old American road racing circuit. It's good that the IndyCar Series is coming back to places like this, giving the series a bit of a mix up, from short ovals, to super-speedways, road courses and street courses. Me, coming from road course racing, and street course racing background, I love these places." Pole sitter and qualifying track record holder Helio Castroneves was the only car not running at the finish of the race. He exited spectacularly from the lead on lap 19 when he slid off course in turn 11 and hit the tire barrier hard. The impact ripped the left side wheels off of his Team Penske machine and a fire broke out at the rear of the car. Dixon missed Castroneves spinning race car by inches when the leader's car shot back across the track, sheding flames and parts as it went. A disappointed Castroneves shared his thoughts after changing into his street clothes: "I was trying to hold my line and keep it clean out there. I think I just over-thought things and ended up spinning. I knew Dixon was fast in turn one, so I was pushing to get up there in front of him and I spun in turn 11. I was thinking a turn ahead and it cost us today." As the top finishing drivers were exiting their machines after the race, an altercation broke out between Tony Kanaan and Sam Hornish Jr., some of their crew members and even Hornish's father! Marco Andretti played peacemaker by pushing his father Michael out of the scrum. The impetus for the disagreement stemmed from an overtaking maneuver in turn 6 by Hornish on Kanaan. Hornish forced his way to the inside and made contact with Kanaan's machine. Both were lucky that their cars were not damaged after the wheel-to-wheel contact. As Kanaan walked over to talk to Sam Jr. after the race, Sam Hornish Sr. stepped between them and pushed Kanaan away. Later, Kanaan would say, "That's why fathers belong in the stands instead of the pits." Vitor Meira saw his chances of victory drain away with the last drops of fuel when his tank ran dry, while leading, on lap 33. His car's telemetry had stopped working so his team wasn't able to see exactly how much fuel was in the car. They had filled the tank only half way on the previous pit stop in an attempt to gain track position. He would lose two laps being towed back to the pits, finishing a disappointing 17 th. There were 5 lead changes among 5 drivers. Dixon led 23 of the 60 laps, Castroneves 19 laps, Marco Andretti 9 laps, Vitor Meira 8 laps, with Weldon leading one. Dan Wheldon was disappointed with his result, saying, "It's a little disappointing. The car wasn't so bad. The balance was pretty good. I just wasn't quite quick enough all weekend. At least we salvaged some points out of it."

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