IRL: Pikes Peak: Toyota race report

Manning Leads Toyota at Pikes Peak - Sam Hornish Jr. dominated much of the race, but it was Darren Manning (Target Toyota) who ended up as the highest-finishing Toyota with a fourth in today's Indy 225 at the Pikes Peak International ...

Manning Leads Toyota at Pikes Peak

- Sam Hornish Jr. dominated much of the race, but it was Darren Manning (Target Toyota) who ended up as the highest-finishing Toyota with a fourth in today's Indy 225 at the Pikes Peak International Raceway. Dario Franchitti won his second race of the season.

- With a fourth today, Darren Manning matched his career-best IndyCar finish established at Motegi and Nashville. It's his fourth top-five finish of his debut season and his sixth top-10 showing.

- Helio Castroneves (Marlboro Toyota) ran in the top-two through the first part of the race on his way to an eventual sixth-place finish. It's Castroneves' ninth top-10 placement of the season.

- Sam Hornish Jr. (Marlboro Toyota) dominated the first half of the race, leading 67 of the first 131 laps. He ran one-two with his Marlboro Team Penske teammate Helio Castroneves for 61 of those laps. Hornish had built up a sizeable lead before a caution for unidentified debris as he was closing in on lapping eighth-place. After the caution, Hornish slipped back to fourth on the re-start, but moved back up to third and was quickly catching second-place before he spun in Turn Four on lap 158.

Three Toyota-powered drivers continue to rank in the top 10 in points. Helio Castroneves (Marlboro Toyota) remains in fourth-place as the highest Toyota. His Marlboro Team Penske teammate Sam Hornish Jr. dropped to sixth with the early retirement, while Darren Manning moved up to 10th. Scott Dixon (Target Toyota) was forced to retire with handling problems and dropped out of the top 10,

- Scott Sharp (Delphi Toyota) competed in his 94th IndyCar Series race and his 86th consecutive event - both IndyCar Series records. He finished 15th.

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