CHAMPCAR/CART: Denver: Toyota Race report

Junqueira wins, Toyota sweeps podium at Denver. - Bruno Junqueira (Target Toyota) led all 100 laps today to lead a Toyota sweep of the top-three positions in today's Shell Grand Prix of Denver. Junqueira's teammate Scott Dixon was second and...

Junqueira wins, Toyota sweeps podium at Denver.

- Bruno Junqueira (Target Toyota) led all 100 laps today to lead a Toyota sweep of the top-three positions in today's Shell Grand Prix of Denver. Junqueira's teammate Scott Dixon was second and points leader Cristiano da Matta was third. It's Toyota's second 1-2-3 sweep of the season having registered the sweep at Laguna Seca previously. In addition, Christian Fittipaldi placed fifth to give Toyota four of the top-five finishers.

- Today's victory is the eighth of the season for Toyota and the manufacturer's 19th in the past two-plus seasons the most of any manufacturer during that time period.

- With Bruno Junqueira leading all 100 laps today, it marks the fourth time this season that Toyota-powered cars have led every lap of a race. Laguna Seca, Portland and Toronto were the others.

- Bruno Junqueira won his second race of the season and third race of his career. The win is Junqueira's first on a street course after previously winning on the road course at Road America and the Motegi oval.

- Scott Dixon (CoorsLight Toyota) earned his best finish of the season with a second today his best showing since winning Nazareth last year. The second is his 10th top-10 finish of the season. It also moves Dixon back into the top-10 inpoints with 81 points good for 10th.

- Cristiano da Matta (Havoline Toyota) earned his eighth top-three finish of the season and maintains a 52-point lead over second-place Bruno Junqueira, 175-123. Da Matta officially eliminates four drivers from championship contention today Adrian Fernandez, Shinji Nakano, ToraTakagi and Max Papis. Seven drivers have now been eliminated.

- Christian Fittipaldi (Lilly Toyota) registered his sixth top-five finish of the season with a fifth-place showing today. He retains fifth-place overall in the title hunt with 98 points.

- Kenny Brack (Target Toyota) made it five Toyotas in the top seven with a seventh-place finish. It's his seventh top-10 finish of the season. Brack likely would have finished sixth, but race officials inadvertently misidentified his car as the leader under a late full-course yellow. Instead of being allowed to come around and assume sixth-place, he was held up by the pace car that evidently thought he was teammate and leader Bruno Junqueira and fell to seventh.

- Toyota drivers now rank first and second in the CART points race with three in the top five and four in the top 10. Cristiano da Matta leads with 175 points followed by boyhood friend Bruno Junqueira in second with122. Christian Fittipaldi is fifth with 98 points and Scott Dixon jumps to 10th with 81.

- With today's 1-2-3 sweep, Toyota extends its CART Manufacturer's Championship lead to 34-points over Honda, 248-214. Ford is third 70 points behind with 178.

QUOTES:

Jim Aust, Toyota vicepresident of motorsports: "To sweep the top three and take four of the top five, it's truly been a great day for Toyota. We knew that we needed a strong run in this four-races-in-four-weeks stretch and we've not only come out with two wins and two three seconds, but now a 1-2-3 finish. Hopefully, this will give us some momentum to carry through until the end of the season."

Bruno Junqueira, #4Target Toyota: "It was a very tough race on the equipment today engines and tires. All of the manufacturers did a very good job, but the Toyota was the best." <pre> Toyota Drivers Start/Finish Bruno Junqueira 1/1 Scott Dixon 4/2 Cristiano da Matta 7/3 Christian Fittipaldi 5/5 Kenny Brack 6/7 Oriol Servia 13/11 Tora Takagi 18/15

Next Race: Rockingham 500, Sept. 14, SPEED, 8:30 p.m. EDT

-toyota-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Bruno Junqueira , Max Papis , Adrian Fernandez , Christian Fittipaldi , Scott Dixon , Oriol Servia , Tora Takagi , Shinji Nakano , Kenny Brack , Cristiano da Matta