IRL: Michigan: Toyota race report

Hornish Jr.'s Fourth Leads Toyota at Michigan - Sam Hornish Jr. (Marlboro Toyota) placed fourth to lead the Toyota contingent in today's Michigan Indy 400 at the Michigan International Speedway. Former Toyota Atlantic champion Buddy Rice won his...

Hornish Jr.'s Fourth Leads Toyota at Michigan

- Sam Hornish Jr. (Marlboro Toyota) placed fourth to lead the Toyota contingent in today's Michigan Indy 400 at the Michigan International Speedway. Former Toyota Atlantic champion Buddy Rice won his third race of the year as much of the field went into a fuel conservation mode to finish the 400-mile event.

- Today's fourth-place finish is Sam Hornish Jr.'s fifth top-five finish of the season and gives him a second, a third and a fourth-place finish in his last three races. Today's race also marks Hornish's fourth top-five showing in the last six events.

- After registering his best qualifying performance of the year, reigning IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon ran in the top-five for much of the latter part of the race. Dixon had climbed into third, but then was caught up behind a car that slowed quickly on the penultimate lap. The end result was a somewhat disappointing seventh-place finish for Dixon. To compound those woes, Target teammate Darren Manning was trapped in the bottleneck and appeared to make slight contact with Dixon. After consistently running in the top-five through the last half of the race, Manning was forced to retire in 13th place.

- Four Toyotas finished in the top-10 today, in addition to Hornish's fourth and Dixon's seventh, Scott Sharp (Delphi Toyota) earned his fourth top-10 placement of the season with a ninth. Helio Castroneves (Marlboro Toyota) finished 10th.

- Castroneves suffered through an up-and-down weekend. After qualifying on the outside of the front row on Saturday, he was placed at the back of the field after replacing his engine. He quickly regrouped during today's race and climbed into the top-five. As he made a move to go into third- place, the car he was passing came down on him, forcing him down on the apron and bent Castroneves' front wing. A lengthy pit-stop to replace the wing dropped him back into the field, but he came storming back into the top five during the last 40-lap run only to get shuffled back in a late-race incident to place 10th.

- Four Toyota-powered drivers continue to rank in the top 10 in points. Helio Castroneves remains in fourth-place as the highest Toyota. His Marlboro Team Penske teammate Sam Hornish Jr. is fifth, having closed the gap on Castroneves to just 13 points. Scott Dixon fell from seventh to ninth and Target Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Darren Manning is 10th.

Next Race: Belterra Casino Indy 300, Kentucky Speedway, Aug. 15, 3:30 p.m., ET, ABC

-toyota-

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series IndyCar
Drivers Darren Manning , Scott Sharp , Helio Castroneves , Scott Dixon , Buddy Rice , Chip Ganassi , Sam Hornish Jr.
Teams Team Penske , Chip Ganassi Racing