IRL: Nashville: Toyota race report

De Ferran leads Toyota 1-2-3 at Nashville - Gil de Ferran led Scott Dixon and Helio Castroneves to a 1-2-3 Toyota finish before a sell- out crowd at tonight's Firestone Indy 200 at the Nashville Superspeedway. In total, Toyota-powered entries...

De Ferran leads Toyota 1-2-3 at Nashville

- Gil de Ferran led Scott Dixon and Helio Castroneves to a 1-2-3 Toyota finish before a sell- out crowd at tonight's Firestone Indy 200 at the Nashville Superspeedway. In total, Toyota-powered entries took four of the top five and seven of the top-10 places.

- The Toyota victory is its sixth in the last seven IndyCar Series events and its seventh in nine IRL races this season. With the victory, Toyota extends its IndyCar Series Manufacturer's Championship lead to 17 points over second-place Honda, 84-67.

- Gil de Ferran (Marlboro Toyota) earned his second win of the season after previously winning at Indy, and his fourth career IndyCar Series triumph.

- Tonight's victory gives de Ferran four consecutive top-three finishes and moves him into second-place in the championship ­ just 14 points behind Tony Kanaan despite missing Motegi due to injury. De Ferran has two wins and five top-three finishes in the six races since returning from the injury suffered at Phoenix. During that time-period, de Ferran has scored more points than any other IndyCar Series driver.

- By leading 136 of 200 laps, Toyota-powered cars have now led 1,072 of the last 1,164 laps run in IndyCar Series competition. Individually, Scott Dixon's (Target Toyota) 538 laps led is an IndyCar Series best and more than all of the non-Toyota powered cars in the series combined.

- Tonight's Toyota 1-2-3 is the manufacturer's third of the season with the same three drivers involved in each. Scott Dixon led de Gil de Ferran and Helio Castroneves in a Toyota 1-2-3 at Miami, while Dixon led Castroneves and de Ferran in a 1-2-3 at Richmond.

- Scott Dixon earned his fourth top-two finish of the season after previously registering three victories. Dixon's yet to place below sixth in any race he's finished this season. Despite dropping to third in the points chase, Dixon closed the gap between himself and first place to just 15 points with seven races remaining.

- Helio Castroneves (Marlboro Toyota) earned his sixth top-three finish of the season with a third-place finish tonight. Castroneves falls from third to fourth in the title chase, but has closed to just 21 points out of first.

- Alex Barron (Hollywood Toyota) made it four Toyotas in the top-five by earning a fifth- place finish tonight, just days after being named for the drive at Mo Nunn Racing. Barron now has two top-six finishes in the three races he's "subbed" in this season.

- Tora Takagi (Pioneer) led 13 laps tonight, the longest single-stint in the lead since entering IndyCar Series competition this season. In total, five different Toyota-powered drivers led ­ Gil de Ferran, Scott Dixon, Scott Sharp, Al Unser Jr. and Takagi.

- With Tora Takagi, Al Unser Jr. (Corteco Toyota) and Tomas Scheckter (Target Toyota) placing seventh, eighth and 10th, respectively, seven Toyota-powered cars finished in the top 10 tonight.

- Three different Toyota teams placed two cars each in the top-10 tonight. Marlboro Team Penske had de Ferran and Castroneves (first and third), Target Chip Ganassi Racing had Dixon and Scheckter (second and 10th) and Mo Nunn Racing had Barron and Takagi (fifth and seventh).

Quotes

Jim Aust, Toyota vice president of motorsports: "It was an interesting race with a lot of different strategies played out. As it turned out, Team Penske made the right calls and Gil drove a terrific race. He's really been outstanding since returning from the injury he suffered at Phoenix. We expanded our lead in the Manufacturer's Championship and Gil, Scott and Helio all really helped themselves tonight. Overall, it was a great weekend for Toyota."

Toyota Drivers Start/Finish
Gil de Ferran 4/1
Scott Dixon 1/2
Helio Castroneves 2/3
Alex Barron 6/5
Tora Takagi 3/7
Al Unser Jr. 14/8
Tomas Scheckter 5/10
Scott Sharp 13/13
A.J. Foyt IV 16/17

Next Race: Firestone Indy 400, Michigan, July 27, 2:30 p.m. EDT, ABC

-toyota motorsports-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Al Unser Jr. , Scott Sharp , Helio Castroneves , Gil de Ferran , A.J. Foyt IV , Scott Dixon , Tony Kanaan , Tora Takagi , Alex Barron , Chip Ganassi , Mo Nunn
Teams Team Penske , Chip Ganassi Racing