Briscoe extends points lead, wins Chicagoland

Ryan Briscoe crossed the finish line a scant 0.0077 seconds ahead of Scott Dixon to win his third race of the season. The victory is Briscoe's first at Chicagoland Speedway and his first from the pole position. "It was a good night," said...

Ryan Briscoe crossed the finish line a scant 0.0077 seconds ahead of Scott Dixon to win his third race of the season. The victory is Briscoe's first at Chicagoland Speedway and his first from the pole position.

"It was a good night," said Briscoe. "Not as smooth as I would have liked, but we had a very good car."

Briscoe said he struggled with understeer but that was solved by a front wing adjustment on the last pit stop. "That really helped me out during the final stage."

Briscoe extends his points lead with the victory and now leads Dario Franchitti by 25 points. Franchitti's teammate, Dixon is third in the standings, 33 points behind.

Dixon acknowledged that he had a good car, great pits stops and the team had a great strategy. After the last pit stop he had a thirty car-length lead over Briscoe but in the end, "we just didn't have enough speed. We didn't have it in qualifying and we didn't have it in the race."

Mario Moraes finished third, his career best finish in the IndyCar Series. Moraes dedicated his race to his father who passed away recently. The young Brazilian did his best to address the media in the post race press conference as English is his second language. He paused to remember his father and kept his comments brief.

Dario Franchitti finished fourth, keeping his championship hopes very much alive. After Friday's qualifying Franchitti admitted that he did not favor the new aerodynamic regulations. After the race, Franchitti said he found the race a little frustrating. "You would get these big runs on the guys in front, get to the outside and wouldn't be able to go anywhere."

Franchitti said he got boxed in at the finish. "I had all these push to passes left but I couldn't use them because all I was going to do was run into Scott's gearbox."

Graham Rahal finished fifth but he too complained about a lack of speed. "I pulled out of the draft and went and just died."

Rahal thought he had a good car with plenty of momentum but the bottom line was the shortest way around the track." When you go up that high, the distance you're taking is massive and unfortunately, we just didn't have enough speed."

Despite three caution periods, the average speed of the race was 177.827 mph. Hideki Mutoh brought out the first caution when his car veered right into the backstretch wall. Although it was not confirmed, Mutoh suspected a broken suspension part caused him to crash into the wall.

Marco Andretti brushed the Turn two wall to cause the second caution period. Andretti continued and finished 11th on the lead lap.

Helio Castroneves crashed in Turn four to set up the final nine lap dash to the checkered flag. Castroneves blamed the incident on an "issue with the front suspension." Castroneves was taken to the infield medical center where he was checked and released. He has been cleared to drive. "I'm okay and now we just have to move onto Japan."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Dario Franchitti , Scott Dixon , Graham Rahal , Ryan Briscoe , Marco Andretti , Mario Moraes , Hideki Mutoh