Castroneves, Toyota win Nazareth; Toyota clinches IRL manufacturer's title. - Helio Castroneves (Marlboro Toyota) led the final 173 laps to win today's Firestone Indy 225 at Nazareth Speedway and clinch the IndyCar Series Engine ...
Castroneves, Toyota win Nazareth; Toyota clinches IRL manufacturer's title.
- Helio Castroneves (Marlboro Toyota) led the final 173 laps to win today's Firestone Indy 225 at Nazareth Speedway and clinch the IndyCar Series Engine Manufacturer's Championship for Toyota with three races remaining.
- The Toyota victory is its 10th in 13 races this season and clinches the IndyCar Series Manufacturer's Championship for Toyota. The manufacturer now holds an insurmountable 34-point lead over second-place Honda with three races remaining. Toyota also won last year's CART Manufacturer's Championship. In winning the two manufacturer's titles, Toyota has now won 20 open-wheel races over the past two seasons.
- The victory is the second in the last three races for Helio Castroneves and the fifth of his IndyCar Series career. Today's win is his eighth top-three of the season and his third in the last four races.
- By leading all 225 laps today, Toyota-powered cars have now led 1,955 laps this season more than five times as many as any other manufacturer. Honda is second with 390.
- With the win today and the two points for leading the most laps, Helio Castroneves moves into the lead in the points race with 429 points 25 points ahead of second-place Gil de Ferran; 32 points ahead of third-place Tony Kanaan; and 42 points ahead of fourth- place Scott Dixon. In the last three races, Castroneves has moved from fourth to third after winning St. Louis, third to second after Kentucky and now into the series lead with three races remaining.
- With a fourth today, Gil de Ferran (Marlboro Toyota) earned his sixth top-four in the last eight races.
- Al Unser Jr. (Corteco Toyota) earned his second consecutive top-five finish with a fifth today. He remains in sixth-place overall in the points standings.
- Scott Dixon (Target Toyota) led the first 52 laps today before developing drive train problems after his first pit stop. Dixon, the series leader in wins, has been sidelined in four races this season while leading (Phoenix, Motegi, St. Louis and Nazareth). Dixon has led a series-high 677 laps this season.
Jim Aust, Toyota vice president of motorsports: "We're thrilled to clinch Toyota's first IndyCar Series Manufacturer's Championship. We established five goals for our first season in the IndyCar Series and we've now accomplished two of our three biggest goals for this season - winning the Indianapolis 500 and winning the Engine Manufacturer's Championship. Helio ran a terrific race today and we're one step closer to goal number three having a Toyota-powered driver become the 2003 IndyCar Series champion."
Helio Castroneves, #3 Marlboro Toyota: "I can't say enough about the Toyota engine. When we needed fuel mileage, we got it and when I needed more power." <pre> Toyota Drivers Start/Finish Helio Castroneves 2/1 Gil de Ferran 6/4 Al Unser Jr. 13/6 A.J. Foyt IV 18/11 Scott Sharp 17/12 Tora Takagi 19/14 Alex Barron 9/15 Scott Dixon 1/16 Tomas Scheckter 4/19