IRL: Kansas: Toyota Motorsports race report

Toyotas lead 177 of 200 laps at Kansas, but lose fuel battle Toyota-powered cars led 177 of the 200 laps run today at Kansas Speedway, only to see Bryan Herta stretch a fuel load almost 100 miles to edge out the hard-charging duo of Marlboro ...

Toyotas lead 177 of 200 laps at Kansas, but lose fuel battle

Toyota-powered cars led 177 of the 200 laps run today at Kansas Speedway, only to see Bryan Herta stretch a fuel load almost 100 miles to edge out the hard-charging duo of Marlboro Toyota teammates Helio Castroneves and Gil de Ferran.

By leading 177 of 200 laps, Toyota-powered cars have now led 936 of the last 964 laps run in IndyCar Series competition.

Overall this season, Toyota-powered Indy Cars have led 1,332 of 1,631 laps run in the IndyCar Series. Individually, Scott Dixon's (Target Toyota) 518 laps led is an IndyCar Series best, and is 219 more than the combined total 299 of all non-Toyota-powered cars in the series.

Helio Castroneves (Marlboro Toyota) earned his fourth second-place finish of the season today. He also placed second at Phoenix, Indianapolis and Richmond. In addition, he scored a third at Homestead.

Gil de Ferran's (Marlboro Toyota) third-place finish is his third consecutive top-three showing and his fifth in seven races this season. In his last five races, de Ferran has a win, three thirds and an eighth.

By leading the first 53 laps today at Kansas, Scott Dixon established a new IndyCar Series record for most consecutive laps led with 343. After losing the lead for one lap to teammate Tomas Scheckter, Dixon regained the lead a lap later and proceeded to lead the next 24 laps.

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

Jaques Lazier (Conseco Toyota) became the 12th different driver this season to earn a top-10 finish with a 10th today.

Jim Aust, Toyota vice president of motorsports: "You can never feel comfortable in racing. Despite starting with seven cars up front, a few miscues can cost you a race and that's what we had today. There's no room for error out here and we let one slip away today."

Next Race: Firestone Indy 200, Nashville, July 19, 8:00 p.m. EDT, ESPN2

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Gil de Ferran , Jaques Lazier  , Scott Dixon