IRL: Kentucky: Toyota Motorsports race report

Dixon leads Toyota at Kentucky Scott Dixon's (Target Toyota) second-place finish led three Toyotas in the top-five at the Kentucky Speedway today. Al Unser Jr. (Corteco Toyota) was fourth with Helio Castroneves (Marlboro Toyota) in...

Dixon leads Toyota at Kentucky

Scott Dixon's (Target Toyota) second-place finish led three Toyotas in the top-five at the Kentucky Speedway today. Al Unser Jr. (Corteco Toyota) was fourth with Helio Castroneves (Marlboro Toyota) in fifth.

With Scott Dixon's second-place finish, Toyota extends its IRL Engine Manufacturer's Championship lead to 27 points over second-place Honda and 37 over third-place Chevrolet (111-84-74). A Toyota victory next weekend at Nazareth would officially clinch the Manufacturer's Championship. Toyota only needs to start the race to officially eliminate Chevrolet from the championship hunt.

Scott Dixon's second-place finish is his fifth top-two showing of the season and it moves him into third-place in the driver's championship just 12 points out of the lead.

Al Unser Jr. (Corteco Toyota) earned his top finish since winning at Texas with a fourth-place today. It's Unser Jr.'s eighth top-10 finish of the season.

With his fifth-place finish today, Helio Castroneves (Marlboro Toyota) moves into second-place in the driver's championship 0x2022 just eight points out of the lead. Castroneves now is tied for the series lead in top-five finishes with eight.

Gil de Ferran (MarlboroToyota) placed ninth and Tomas Scheckter (Target Toyota) was 10th to give Toyota five cars in the top 10 today.

With his ninth, Gil de Ferran falls to fourth in points, but remains just 13 points out of the series lead.

Next Race:

Firestone Indy 225, Nazareth Speedway, Aug. 24, 3 p.m. EDT, ESPN

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Al Unser Jr. , Helio Castroneves , Gil de Ferran , Scott Dixon