IRL: Dixon takes the Glen win, Wheldon notches title

Scott Dixon won the Watkins Glen Indy Grand Prix providing Toyota with its fourth IndyCar Series victory this year. Dixon had been winless since Richmond in 2003 when he won the series championship. Dixon held off a challenge from second place...

Scott Dixon won the Watkins Glen Indy Grand Prix providing Toyota with its fourth IndyCar Series victory this year. Dixon had been winless since Richmond in 2003 when he won the series championship.

Dixon held off a challenge from second place finisher Tony Kanaan when a late race caution period bunched the field. Alex Barron spun with six laps remaining erasing Dixon one second lead. "I was confident we could hold them off before the yellow, but wasn't sure about the restart," said Dixon. "We got a great start, though."

In the three non oval events of 2005, Kanaan has finished no worse than second. "I think that's pretty good consistency," said Kanaan, who won at Infineon Raceway in August.

Kanaan's Andretti Green Racing teammate Dario Franchitti finished third. "We didn't have the car for the conditions," said Franchitti. We were fighting understeer in the hot conditions, so we made changes to better the understeer and the conditions changed back to where we had oversteer in the car. Despite the changing conditions, "I had a great time out there."

At the conclusion of the race all four Andretti Green Racing teammates celebrated on the front stretch as Dan Wheldon clinched the 2006 Indy Racing League IndyCar Series championship at this event. Kanaan, Franchitti and Bryan Herta stopped on the front stretch while Wheldon climbed from his car to salute the fans.

Wheldon finished fifth behind Dixon's Ganassi Racing teammate Giorgio Pantano. After falling to 18th place following a drive through penalty for a pit lane infraction, Pantano managed to stay out of trouble to finish fourth. "Unfortunately, that took away my chance to be on the podium for sure."

Kosuke Matsuura finished sixth followed by Sam Hornish, who retains third place in the championship. Hornish leads Dario Franchitti 482-448 with one race remaining. Tony Kanaan continues to hold onto second place in the championship with 508 points.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Dario Franchitti , Scott Dixon , Tony Kanaan , Bryan Herta , Alex Barron , Dan Wheldon , Kosuke Matsuura , Sam Hornis
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing