DIXON, TOYOTA LOOK FOR TWO IN A ROW AT PIKES PEAK - Scott Dixon and Toyota will look for its second consecutive victory at Pikes Peak International Raceway when the IndyCars hit the track on Sunday. Dixon led 89 of the 225 laps a year ago on...
DIXON, TOYOTA LOOK FOR TWO IN A ROW AT PIKES PEAK - Scott Dixon and Toyota will look for its second consecutive victory at Pikes Peak International Raceway when the IndyCars hit the track on Sunday.
Dixon led 89 of the 225 laps a year ago on his way to the victory, which would be the first of three consecutive wins for the New Zealander. In addition to Dixon's time up front, fellow Toyota-powered drivers Gil de Ferran (72 laps), Helio Castroneves (46 laps) and Tomas Scheckter (16 laps) all took the lead at the 2003 event. Overall, Toyotas led 223 of the 225 laps.
ROCKY MOUNTAIN HIGH - Toyota's success in the Rockies started long before last year's triumph at PPIR. In 2002, Target Chip Ganassi Racing led a 1-2-3 Toyota podium sweep at the CART Denver Grand Prix. Prior to that, Rod Millen provided one of the most successful runs in the history of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, where he won the overall title five times in six years and set the all-time course record in a Toyota Celica.
TOYOTA DRIVERS IN THE POINTS - Three Toyota-powered drivers continue to rank in the top 10 in points. Helio Castroneves (Marlboro Toyota) remains in fourth-place as the highest Toyota. His Marlboro Team Penske teammate Sam Hornish Jr. is fifth, while Scott Dixon (Target Toyota) is 10th.
SHARP LOOKS TO EXTEND RECORD AT PPIR - Scott Sharp (Delphi Toyota) can extend a pair of IndyCar Series records at Pikes Peak. The Kelley Racing driver is set to compete in his 94th IndyCar Series race and his 86th consecutive event when he takes to the track at PPIR.
FOGARTY HOLDS SLIMMEST OF LEADS IN TOYOTA ATLANTIC TITLE CHASE - One of the closest battles in the history of the Toyota Atlantic Championship became a little bit closer this past weekend at Denver. Series point leader Jon Fogarty started on the pole and led the majority of the race on the1.657-mile street circuit. On Lap 32, however, rookie Ronnie Bremer and series runner-up Ryan Dalziel both caught up to Fogarty and the three battled for the lead. Fogarty made a defensive move in Turn 9 that race officials determined to be a block and was penalized with a drive-through penalty on pit lane.
The 2002 series champion wound up finishing sixth after serving the penalty, while Bremer took his first Toyota Atlantic victory with Dalziel finishing second.
Fogarty maintains the series lead, but the gap is now just one point as Dalziel closed to within 261-260 with two races remaining. The Toyota Atlantic cars will be in action, August 27-29, in Montreal for Round 11 of the 12-race championship.
LEXUS TAKES GRAND-AM POINTS LEAD - On the strength of a one-two finish last weekend at Watkins Glen, Lexus has moved into the lead in the Daytona Prototype Manufacturer's Championship in Grand American Rolex Series competition. Last weekend's win by Jan Magnussen and Didier Theys for Doran-Lista Racing gave Lexus its fourth win in the past five races.
Jim Aust, Toyota vice president of motorsports: "We've enjoyed a lot of success in Colorado the past few years and would love to add to it this weekend at Pikes Peak. It's a beautiful facility that makes handling a premium."