IRL: Richmond: Firestone race report

Dixon Leads Flag to Soggy Flag in Winning 2nd Straight Scott Dixon led every lap of the rain-shortened SunTrust Indy Challenge tonight to collect his second consecutive IndyCar Series victory and series-leading third triumph of 2003. The ...

Dixon Leads Flag to Soggy Flag in Winning 2nd Straight

Scott Dixon led every lap of the rain-shortened SunTrust Indy Challenge tonight to collect his second consecutive IndyCar Series victory and series-leading third triumph of 2003. The scheduled 250-lap event at the ¾-mile Richmond oval was stopped after 206 laps by rain.

Dixon, in the Target Chip Ganassi Racing G Force/Toyota on Firestone tires, had the fastest car all weekend in practice, qualifying and the race. He was never seriously challenged for the lead and credited his Firestone Firehawks for helping him to such a dominant performance.

"The Firestone tires were very good, very consistent," Dixon said. "We never had a set that went off at all. They had great consistency. Our car was really good in traffic and particularly good off (turn) four. That's where we passed most of our guys tonight."

The win closed Dixon within 27 points of season points leader Tony Kanaan, who finished fifth in the race. All 22 cars in tonight's event were equipped with Firestone Firehawk racing radials, the Official Tire of the Indy Racing League.

Quote from Joe Barbieri, Project Supervisor, Firestone Racing:

"Apparently the only thing that could have stopped Scott Dixon tonight was the weather. His performance over the last two races has been outstanding and at both races he has attributed his success to the consistency and durability of his Firestone Firehawks. We congratulate Scott and Ganassi Racing on their dominating performance because they were in control all weekend at Richmond. Whether it was in the heat of the afternoon with track temperatures above 140 degrees or in the cool of the evening tonight, they got the most out of their tires session after session. It helped the Ganassi team to know that, no matter the conditions, the tires would deliver the same true performance, so they could focus on other aspects of car set-up. We take great pride in contributing to their sensational showing this weekend."

Race temperatures ranged from 96 to 86 degrees track and from 77 to 74 degrees ambient (F).
Race temperatures ranged from 36 to 30 degrees track and from 25 to 23 degrees ambient (C).

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Scott Dixon , Chip Ganassi
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing , Chip Ganassi Racing