IRL: Richmond: Toyota race report

- Scott Dixon (Target Toyota) led all 206 laps at the SunTrust Indy Challenge at Richmond International Raceway on the way to his third victory in seven races this season and Toyota's fifth consecutive win with fellow Toyota drivers Helio ...

- Scott Dixon (Target Toyota) led all 206 laps at the SunTrust Indy Challenge at Richmond International Raceway on the way to his third victory in seven races this season and Toyota's fifth consecutive win with fellow Toyota drivers Helio Castroneves and Gil de Ferran finishing second and third in a Toyota one-two-three.

- The Toyota victory is its fifth consecutive IndyCar Series triumph and its sixth in seven IRL races this season. Dating back to last season's CART competition, Toyota has now won 16 of its last 26 races.

- By leading all 206 laps today, Toyota-powered cars have now led 759 of the last 764 laps run in IndyCar Series competition.

- Overall this season, Toyota-powered Indy Cars have led 1155 of 1,431 laps (80.7%) run in the IndyCar Series. Individually, Scott Dixon's 436 laps led is an IndyCar Series best, and is 160 more than the combined total (276) of all non-Toyota-powered cars in the series.

- Tonight's Toyota 1-2-3 is the manufacturer's second of the season with the same three drivers involved in both finishes as Dixon led de Ferran and Helio Castroneves in a Toyota 1-2-3 at Miami- Homestead in the season-opening Toyota Indy 300.

- Scott Dixon earned the third victory of his inaugural IndyCar Series season. He also won the season-opening Toyota Indy 300 at Miami-Homestead and the most recent IRL round at Pikes Peak two weeks ago. It's the third victory for Target Chip Ganassi Racing in seven races this year and the team's fifth overall in IRL competition. TCGR and Kelley Racing are the only teams to win multiple races this season.

- After leading the final 84 laps at Pikes Peak and all 206 laps tonight, Scott Dixon established a new record for most consecutive laps led in IndyCar Series competition with 290.

- With Scott Dixon leading the most laps tonight, it marks the fourth consecutive race that a Target Chip Ganassi Racing Toyota led the most laps of the race. Tomas Scheckter led the most laps at Indianapolis and Texas, while Dixon led the most laps at Pikes Peak and here at Richmond.

- Scott Dixon has now finished no worse than sixth in the four races he's finished this year, while also leading at the time when he fell out in two other races.

- Helio Castroneves earned his third second-place finish of the season after earning runner-up honors previously at Phoenix and Indianapolis. He also placed third at Miami.

- Gil de Ferran's third-place finish is his third top-three showing in his last four races after he placed third last race at Pikes Peak and won the May 25 Indianiapolis 500. De Ferran has finished in the top three in four of the six races he's participated in this season.

- Felipe Giaffone (Hollywood Toyota) earned his best finish since Motegi with a hard-fought sixth after registering three consecutive top-threes to open the season.

- Al Unser Jr. (Corteco Toyota) made it five Toyotas in the top 10 with a 10th-place finish, his fifth top-10 finish of the season.

- Seven Toyota-powered drivers currently rank in the top 10 overall in IndyCar Series points with Scott Dixon closing to within 27 points of the series lead with his second consecutive victory. He's followed by Marlboro Team Penske teammates Helio Castroneves and Gil de Ferran (despite missing a race) in third and fourth. Kelley Racing teammates Al Unser Jr. and Scott Sharp (Delphi Toyota) are sixth and seventh, while Mo Nunn Racing's Felipe Giaffone and Tora Takagi (Pioneer Toyota) are ninth and 10th, respectively.

Jim Aust, Toyota vice president of motorsports: "You couldn't ask for anything more this weekend. Scott and the entire Target team were sensational in leading every session and then dominating the race. It's a very tough series and to go out and lead basically every lap for the last three races is a testament to not only the Toyota engineers at TRD, but also the team's using our engines."

Next Race: Kansas, July 6, 1:00 p.m. EDT, ABC

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Felipe Giaffone , Al Unser Jr. , Scott Sharp , Helio Castroneves , Gil de Ferran , Scott Dixon , Tora Takagi , Chip Ganassi , Mo Nunn
Teams Team Penske , Chip Ganassi Racing