IRL: Motegi: Toyota race report

Toyota Takes 3 Of Top 5 At Motegi - Helio Castroneves (Marlboro Toyota) finished third to lead three Toyota-powered cars into the top five at the Bridgestone Japan Indy 300. Target Chip Ganassi Racing teammates Darren Manning and Scott ...

Toyota Takes 3 Of Top 5 At Motegi

- Helio Castroneves (Marlboro Toyota) finished third to lead three Toyota-powered cars into the top five at the Bridgestone Japan Indy 300. Target Chip Ganassi Racing teammates Darren Manning and Scott Dixon finished fourth and fifth.

- With his third-place finish, Helio Castroneves now sits third overall in the championship. It's the second time that Castroneves has finished in the top three in the season's first three events. He placed second at Homestead. The two-time Indy 500 champ also placed sixth at Phoenix.

- First-year IndyCar Series driver Darren Manning (Target Toyota) has now finished in the top six in each of his first three races since joining the Ganassi team this year. The strong early showing has put the Englishman into fourth place overall.

- Despite hitting the wall hard on Frday, Scott Dixon rebounded to earn his second top-five finish of the season with a fifth today. Today's finish marks the fifth time in the last six races that Dixon has registered a top-five. Dixon currently sits fifth in points heading into the Indianapolis 500.

- Three different Toyota-powered drivers led today's race with Scott Sharp (Delphi Toyota), Darren Manning and Helio Castroneves all taking turns upfront.

- Scott Sharp and Tora Takagi (Pioneer Toyota) placed ninth and tenth today to give Toyota five of the top-10 finishers. For Takagi, it's his third straight top-10 finish this season after a fourth at Homestead and an eighth at Phoenix. Takagi is now seventh in points.

- Sam Hornish Jr. (Marlboro Toyota) appeared to be on the way to a top-10 finish before being hit, and subsequently knocked out of the race, by rookie Kosuke Matsuura midway through the event. Despite the early exit, Hornish maintains his spot in the overall top 10 in sixth position.

JIM AUST, Toyota vice president of motorsports: "It's been a unusual early portion of the schedule due to the dual development of the 3.0 and 3.5-liter engines. It's almost as if you have two different seasons. The 3.5-season is over and now the focus moves on to the 3.0-liter for the final 13 races. We're looking forward to Indianapolis."

NEXT RACE: INDIANAPOLIS 500, INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY, MAY 30, ABC NOON

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Darren Manning , Scott Sharp , Helio Castroneves , Scott Dixon , Tora Takagi , Kosuke Matsuura , Chip Ganassi , Sam Hornish Jr.
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing