IRL: Dixon claims Mid-Ohio victory

Chip Ganassi Racing's Scott Dixon scored his third consecutive Indy Car Series win by taking the Mid-Ohio 200 on Sunday (July 22nd). "This was a tough one," Dixon said. "It's big. The guys in the pits have been fantastic, making my job easier,"...

Chip Ganassi Racing's Scott Dixon scored his third consecutive Indy Car Series win by taking the Mid-Ohio 200 on Sunday (July 22nd).

"This was a tough one," Dixon said. "It's big. The guys in the pits have been fantastic, making my job easier," alluding to a top-notch set of pitstops pulled off by his crew to keep him afront of the field.

"We just saved fuel as much as we could, and it worked," he continued. "We're slowly gaining on Dario, we're closing in with five races to go. We'll see what we can do."

Behind him in second place was Andretti Green Racing's Dario Franchitti, then third-place Helio Castroneves of Team Penske.

"It was a hell of race. We've just got to keep pushing and we'll get there," Franchitti said in reference to the hot competition on the track and the tightening race for the season's championship.

The result pulled Dixon within twenty-one points of championship points-leader Franchitti with five races remaining on the 2007 Indy Car calendar.

The race began on a sour note when Tony Kanaan collided with teammates Danica Patrick and Marco Andretti, sending the latter into the air and over on top.

"I got into turn four, and slid; then I got tapped," Patrick said of the incident which sent Marco to the sidelines for the day. "They threw the green as we approached it flat out on full fuel and cold tires, so I would imagine it was a whole bunch of people getting in there in too much of a hurry."

A second brief yellow appeared on lap 47 when Sam Hornish Jr lost control and put his car into the sandtrap. Safety crew officials were able to restart his car and he continued on to the finish well off the pace.

Kanaan finished fourth, one spot ahead of Patrick; followed by Foyt Racing's Darren Manning in sixth. Ryan Hunter-Reay placed seventh in the Ethanol machine for his maiden trip in an IndyCar event, with Dreyer and Reinbold's Buddy Rice in eighth. Vision Racing's Tomas Scheckter came home ninth on the day, with Dan Wheldon immediately behind to complete the top-ten finishers.

The scene at Mid-Ohio was colorful and bright with throngs of fans assembling at this rural racecourse for the combined thrills of American LeMans Series, Indy Pro Series and IndyCar.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Darren Manning , Helio Castroneves , Dario Franchitti , Scott Dixon , Tony Kanaan , Dan Wheldon , Ryan Hunter-Reay , Buddy Rice , Marco Andretti , Chip Ganassi , Danica Patrick , Sam Hornis
Teams Team Penske , Chip Ganassi Racing