IRL: Nashville: Toyota Motorsports race report

TOYOTA PUTS TWO ON THE PODIUM AT NASHVILLE - Patrick Carpentier (Red Bull Toyota) held the lead from Lap 169 until Lap 194 before being passed by eventual winner Dario Franchitti and then Sam Hornish Jr. (Marlboro Toyota) on Lap 198 as Toyota...

TOYOTA PUTS TWO ON THE PODIUM AT NASHVILLE

- Patrick Carpentier (Red Bull Toyota) held the lead from Lap 169 until Lap 194 before being passed by eventual winner Dario Franchitti and then Sam Hornish Jr. (Marlboro Toyota) on Lap 198 as Toyota had two of the top three finishers at Saturday night's Firestone Indy 200 at the Nashville Superspeedway.

- Sam Hornish Jr.'s second-place finish is his second consecutive runner-up showing here at the Nashville Superspeedway and marks his third top-three finish in the last four years on the 1.33-mile oval. He appeared to have a shot at the victory before a pit miscommunication on Lap 162 dropped him a number of spots and then he drifted high on the re-start to fall to 10th. He then charged back through the field to finish second before eventually running out of laps while reeling in the leader.

- Patrick Carpentier's third-place finish tonight is his second in the last three races as he also placed third at Richmond. In addition to finishing third, he also led a personal season-high 25 laps today. The result moved Carpentier back into the top-10 overall in points. Carpentier's Red Bull Cheever Racing teammate Alex Barron ran as high as second and was battling for third on Lap 175 when he was involved in an incident with Vitor Meira.

- Helio Castroneves (Marlboro Toyota) gave Toyota three cars in the top five with a fifth-place finish tonight. He has now finished in the top 10 in five consecutive races and has a total of four top-five finishes this season.

- Target Chip Ganassi Racing placed two cars in the top eight today as Scott Dixon (Target Toyota) matched a season-best sixth, while rookie Ryan Briscoe (Target Pioneer Toyota) placed a career-best eighth. After starting 10th, Briscoe climbed as high as fifth during the event.

- Ed Carpenter (Vision Racing Toyota) made it six Toyota-powered cars in the top 10 with a strong 10th tonight. The result marks the best finish ever for the first-year Vision Racing team.

- After nine races, Helio Castroneves currently sits fourth in the points chase. He's joined in the top-10 by Penske teammate Sam Hornish Jr. in fifth and Patrick Carpentier in 10th.

NEXT RACE: ABC SUPPLY 225, MILWAUKEE MILE, JULY 24, 2:30 P.M. EDT - ESPN

-Toyota Motorsports

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Patrick Carpentier , Dario Franchitti , Scott Dixon , Alex Barron , Ryan Briscoe , Chip Ganassi , Sam Hornish Jr. , Ed Carpenter , Vitor Meira
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing