IRL: Nashville: Toyota race report

Hornish Leads Toyota 2-3-4 at Nashville A hard-charging Sam Hornish was held off for victory on the last lap, but led a Toyota 2-3-4 finish in tonight's Firestone Indy 200 at the Nashville Superspeedway. Hornish's Marlboro Team Penske...

Hornish Leads Toyota 2-3-4 at Nashville

A hard-charging Sam Hornish was held off for victory on the last lap, but led a Toyota 2-3-4 finish in tonight's Firestone Indy 200 at the Nashville Superspeedway. Hornish's Marlboro Team Penske teammate Helio Castroneves placed third and Target Toyota driver Darren Manning was fourth as the top four cars in the race were separated by just .64 seconds.

- Today's second-place finish is Sam Hornish Jr.'s best since his season-opening victory at the Toyota Indy 300 at Homestead. It marks Hornish's third top-five of the season and his fourth top- 10 finish.

- Helio Castroneves' third-place finish marks the eighth time in the last 10 races that he's finished third or better on a track of less than 1.5-miles. For the season, Castroneves has four top-three finishes and seven top-10s in eight events.

- Darren Manning's fourth-place finish ties his career-best set earlier this season at Motegi, Japan. It's Manning's third top-five and fifth top-10 of his debut IndyCar Series season.

- Defending IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon battled early clutch problems, but soldiered home in eighth place. It's his fifth top-10 finish of the season.

- With today's results, Helio Castroneves remains in fourth-place in the points race, but he's just 11 points out of third. Sam Hornish Jr. made the biggest jump going from eighth to fifth-place with his runner-up finish. Scott Dixon remains in sixth place, while Target Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Darren Manning jumped from ninth to seventh to give Toyota four of the top-nine in points.

Jim Aust, Toyota vice president of Motorsports: "It's good to be back in contention with three Toyota-powered drivers all fighting for the victory. Hats off to Sam (Hornish), Helio (Castroneves) and Darren (Manning) for an exciting finish that had the fans on their feet. We're looking forward to Milwaukee next weekend."

Next Race: Menard's A.J. Foyt Indy 225, Milwaukee Mile, July 25, 3:30 p.m., EDT, ABC

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Darren Manning , Helio Castroneves , Scott Dixon , Chip Ganassi , A.J. Foyt , Sam Hornish Jr. , Sam Hornis
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing