IRL: Motegi: Toyota race report

HORNISH, MANNING LEAD TOYOTA AT MOTEGI - Sam Hornish Jr. and Darren Manning finished seventh and eighth, respectively, to lead the Toyota-powered contngent at Saturday's Japan Indy 300 at Twin Ring Motegi.Toyota Atlantic graduate Dan ...

HORNISH, MANNING LEAD TOYOTA AT MOTEGI

- Sam Hornish Jr. and Darren Manning finished seventh and eighth, respectively, to lead the Toyota-powered contngent at Saturday's Japan Indy 300 at Twin Ring Motegi.Toyota Atlantic graduate Dan Wheldon earned the victory after race-leader Tomas Scheckter ran out of gas on Lap 197 of 200.

- Today's finish marks the third time in four races this season that Sam Hornish Jr. (Marlboro Toyota) has finished as the highest-placing Toyota. He also took top honors at Homestead with a second and at Phoenix where he was victorious.

- Darren Manning (Target Toyota) earned his fourth consecutive top-10 finish with his eighth today. The second-year IndyCar driver also placed sixth at Homestead, eighth at Phoenix and ninth at St. Petersburg.

- After winning the pole on Friday, Sam Hornish Jr. experienced a roller-coaster race on Saturday. The two-time IRL champion led 13 laps and ran in the top-four for virtually the entire race before having contact with Danica Patrick on a Lap 71 re-start. After a quick pit for repairs, Hornish drove back up through the field and into the top three at one point before being forced to pit for fuel on Lap 193.

Hornish was one of five Toyota drivers to get caught out in a race that saw a number of the leaders fall by the wayside and eventually was determined by fuel conservation.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Darren Manning , Dan Wheldon , Sam Hornish Jr. , Danica Patrick