IRL: Chicagoland: Toyota race report

CASTRONEVES, HORNISH EDGED IN THRILLER AT CHICAGO Helio Castroneves was edged out by just one one-hundredth of a second as he and Marlboro Team Penske teammate Sam Hornish Jr. finished second and third in a photo finish to lead Toyota in...

CASTRONEVES, HORNISH EDGED IN THRILLER AT CHICAGO

Helio Castroneves was edged out by just one one-hundredth of a second as he and Marlboro Team Penske teammate Sam Hornish Jr. finished second and third in a photo finish to lead Toyota in Sunday's Peak Antifreeze Indy 300 at the Chicagoland Speedway.

- With his second-place finish today, Helio Castroneves (Marlboro Team Penske Toyota) now has eight top-five and nine top-10 finishes for the season. The strong showing moved him back into the top five in points.

- Sam Hornish Jr. (Marlboro Team Penske Toyota) registered his seventh top-three finish of the season today with his third-place showing. For the year, he has 10 top-10 finishes.

- With his ninth-place finish today, Patrick Carpentier (Red Bull Toyota) notched his tenth top-10 finish of the season. In the last nine races, Carpentier has three top-five finishes and seven top-10s. In addition, he continues to lead the series in laps completed this season.

- Both Ryan Briscoe (Target Pioneer Toyota) and Alex Barron were eliminated from the race in an early three-car incident. In addition, Scott Dixon (Target Toyota) ran over debris from the crash suffering extensive damage that caused him to lose eight laps.

- Three Toyota-powered drivers continue to rank in the top-10 in the IRL IndyCar Series point standings. Sam Hornish Jr., closed to within 12 points of second-place Tony Kanaan. Helio Castroneves gained one position in the points chase to fifth. Patrick Carpentier is in 10th, but remains lodged in a tight three-way battle for eighth. Dan Wheldon, the 2000 Toyota Atlantic Championship runner-up, remains the championship leader and can wrap up the title by starting the next race at Watkins Glen. If he accomplishes the feat, it will mark the third IRL IndyCar Series won by a Toyota Atlantic grad.

QUOTES:

Helio Castroneves, #3 Marlboro Team Penske Toyota: "I can't believe it. To lose (a race) that close, I don't what to feel, to be honest right now. Should I be happy? Should I be sad? I don't know. It's a weird feeling to finish second in this kind of situation, so close. We got ourselves back a little bit into the championship, and moved up into fifth. Let's keep moving. We gave it all we had, but we just couldn't push ahead on the final lap. Being realistic, Dan (Wheldon) is probably going to win the championship, but it would be a great goal to have two Marlboro Team Penske cars finish in the top five in points."

Sam Hornish, Jr., #6 Marlboro Team Penske Toyota: "It was an exciting race today, we just didn't have enough. With the way the yellow flags worked towards the end of the race I fell a bit back in the field and had to work my way up to the leaders in the final laps. I was able to get right behind Helio (Castroneves) and I tried to push him in front of Dan (Wheldon) into first. Unfortunately, it didn't quite work out that way and we just couldn't get it done. I thought we had a great race and my crew really did a wonderful job getting me in and out of the pits. Now we have to turn our focus back to road courses so we're ready for Watkins Glen in a couple weeks."

Alex Barron, #51 Red Bull Toyota: "I just felt a thump from the rear of my car. Ryan was up over me. He was upside down and there was a lot of fire. It was quick thud and then the next thing you know we were in the wall. It was all behind me and people were moving around, so I can't really say (what happened) until I see the video. I just felt a thump and a lot of fire in front of me."

Patrick Carpentier, #83 Red Bull Toyota: "It was a great day for me, but I'm definitely sorry about what happened to Alex. You always hate it when these things happen, and he's just ended up in the wrong place a couple of times this year. For me, it was very fun racing today. Things were a bit crazy at the beginning, but the guys calmed down and made the car a lot of fun to drive. This was by far my best race on one of these fast ovals. It was the first time that we were able to stick with the leaders, but it's not going to be the last."

Next: Watkins Glen Indy Grand Prix Presented by Argent Mortgage, Sept. 25, 3:30 p.m. EDT -- ABCJ

-toyota-

Be part of something big

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Patrick Carpentier , Scott Dixon , Tony Kanaan , Alex Barron , Dan Wheldon , Ryan Briscoe , Sam Hornish Jr. , Sam Hornis
Teams Team Penske