CHAMPCAR/CART: Toronto: Toyota race report

Toyota sweeps podium again at Toronto. - For the fourth consecutive race, Toyota-powered cars finished one-two with Cristiano da Matta leading Kenny Brack and Christian Fittipaldi in a 1-2-3 podium sweep. In addition to the four straight 1-2 ...

Toyota sweeps podium again at Toronto.

- For the fourth consecutive race, Toyota-powered cars finished one-two with Cristiano da Matta leading Kenny Brack and Christian Fittipaldi in a 1-2-3 podium sweep. In addition to the four straight 1-2 finishes, it also gives Toyota its second 1-2-3 podium sweep in the last four races. Scott Dixon made it four Toyota-powered cars in the top-five with a fifth today, while Tora Takagi made it six Toyotas in the top eight.

- Today's victory is the sixth of the season by Toyota and the manufacturer's eighth victory in the last 10 FedEx Championship Series races. It's Toyota's 17th CART victory - all coming in the last two-plus seasons. Over the last 10 races, Toyota-powered cars have won on five road courses and three ovals.

- Cristiano da Matta's (Havoline Toyota) victory today is his fourth in a row - tying the all-time CART record for consecutive victories set by Al Unser, Jr. (1990) and Alex Zanardi (1998). The win is da Matta's seventh in the last 10 races, matching the best 10-race streak in CART history, previously established by Rick Mears (1981-82) and Al Unser, Jr. (1994). The triumph also is da Matta's five of the season and the ninth career Champ Car win - all coming with Toyota power.

- Kenny Brack's (Target Toyota) second-place finish is his best of the season and marks his second podium finish along with a third at Laguna Seca. It's Target Ganassi Racing's third consecutive second-place finish.

- Today marked the third consecutive race that Newman/Haas and Target Chip Ganassi Racing have finished one-two.- Christian Fittipaldi (Lilly Toyota) earned his third podium finish of the season with a third today.

- Scott Dixon's (Target Toyota) season-high fifth marks his fifth straight top-10 finish since joining Chip Ganassi Racing at Milwaukee. Dixon now ranks sixth in points this season.

- Toyota drivers currently rank one-two and hold down five of the first seven spots in the CART points standings. Cristiano da Matta and Bruno Junqueira sit one-two in the CART points race, with da Matta holding a 118-70 lead. Christian Fittipaldi is fourth with 57, just one point out of third, while Scott Dixon (52) and Kenny Brack (48) hold down sixth and seventh.

"Quotes"

Cristiano da Matta, #6 Havoline Toyota: "I'm very pleased with my weekend. Since Friday morning, everything went well. There's a reason for the success we've had. It happens because we have a very good team, the Toyota engine is working very well, the Lola chassis is good and the crew has been doing a good job. The Toyota engine was perfect today and not a single problem the entire weekend."

Kenny Brack, #12 Target Toyota: "We've shown all year that we're fast on the road and street circuits, the key has been finishing. If we finish, we'll be on the podium. We just need a few victories to catch up with Cristiano."

Jim Aust, Toyota vice president of motorsports: "Our congratulations go out to Cristiano for tying the all-time CART consecutive victory record. He's been terrific all year long and deserves the accolades he's receiving. The rest of the racing world is finding out what we, at Toyota, have known for four years now. The whole Newman/Haas team has done a great job, as has the Target team, who now have finished first or second four times this season."

Manufacturer's Championship: Toyota 153, Honda 118, Ford 93

Next Race: Cleveland Grand Prix of Cleveland, July 14th, CBS, 1:30 p.m. EDT/10:30 PDT <pre> Race Results Start/Finish #6 Cristiano da Matta 1/1 #12 Kenny Brack 4/2 #11 Christian Fittipaldi 5/3 #44 Scott Dixon 9/5 #5 Tora Takagi 12/8 #4 Bruno Junqueira 3/14 #20 Townsend Bell 16/15

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Bruno Junqueira , Christian Fittipaldi , Scott Dixon , Alex Zanardi , Tora Takagi , Kenny Brack , Townsend Bell , Rick Mears , Chip Ganassi , Cristiano da Matta , Al Unser
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing , Chip Ganassi Racing