IRL: Michigan: Toyota race report

Barron, Toyota win thriller at Michigan Long-time Toyota-pilot Alex Barron, subbing for the injured Felipe Giaffone in the Hollywood Toyota, pushed past Sam Hornish off the final corner to win the Firestone Indy 400 by .0121 at the Michigan ...

Barron, Toyota win thriller at Michigan

Long-time Toyota-pilot Alex Barron, subbing for the injured Felipe Giaffone in the Hollywood Toyota, pushed past Sam Hornish off the final corner to win the Firestone Indy 400 by .0121 at the Michigan International Speedway.

The Toyota victory is its seventh in the last eight IndyCar Series events and its eighth in 10 IRL races this season. With the victory, Toyota extends its IndyCar Series Manufacturer's Championship lead to 22 points over second-place Honda, (94-72).

The victory is the first of the season for Alex Barron, the 1997 Toyota Atlantic champion, and the second of his IndyCar Series career. In addition to the Toyota Atlantic championship, Barron has run for Toyota in both IndyCar Series and CART competition.

With Alex Barron's victory, Mo Nunn Racing becomes the fourth different Toyota team to win this season joining Target Chip Ganassi Racing, Marlboro Team Penske and Kelley Racing.

Toyota-powered cars took six of the top-seven today with Tomas Scheckter (Target Toyota) finishing third, followed by Scott Sharp (Delphi Toyota), Scott Dixon (Target Toyota), Tora Takagi (Pioneer Toyota) and Gil de Ferran (Marlboro Toyota) in fourth through seventh.

With his fifth-place finish today, Scott Dixon moved into the IndyCar Series points lead by one point over Tony Kanaan and by three points over fellow Toyota driver Gil de Ferran. Helio Castroneves remains in fourth, 23 points behind Dixon.

Each of the top-two finishers in today's Firestone Indy 400, Alex Barron and Sam Hornish Jr., are graduates of the Toyota Atlantic Championship. In addition, eighth-place finisher Roger Yasukawa also is a Toyota Atlantic grad having raced in the series last season.

Jim Aust, Toyota vice president of motorsports: "That was a thrilling finish between two deserving drivers. It's nice to see two Toyota Atlantic graduates racing wheel-to-wheel for the victory. Alex Barron is the best-kept secret in the sport and ran a tremendous race today. Our congratulations go out to Morris Nunn and the whole Mo Nunn Racing team."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Felipe Giaffone , Scott Sharp , Helio Castroneves , Gil de Ferran , Scott Dixon , Tony Kanaan , Tora Takagi , Alex Barron , Roger Yasukawa , Morris Nunn , Chip Ganassi , Mo Nunn , Sam Hornis
Teams Team Penske , Chip Ganassi Racing