CASTRONEVES, TOYOTA WIN AT RICHMOND - After starting on the outside of the front row Helio Castroneves (Marlboro Toyota) took the lead just past the half-way point of Saturday's SunTrust Indy Challenge at the Richmond International Raceway and...
CASTRONEVES, TOYOTA WIN AT RICHMOND
- After starting on the outside of the front row Helio Castroneves (Marlboro Toyota) took the lead just past the half-way point of Saturday's SunTrust Indy Challenge at the Richmond International Raceway and was never headed in giving Toyota it's second victory of the season.
- Today's victory by Helio Castroneves is the second of the season for Toyota and the manufacturer's 15th in 39 IRL events. Overall, the victory marks the 36th for Toyota in U.S. open-wheel racing over the past six seasons.
- Today's victory is Helio Castroneves'first of the season and the seventh of his IndyCar Series career. The win marks his fourth with Toyota power. The triumph is Castroneves' first at RIR after placing second here in 2003 and third in Richmond last season.
- After registering a season-best fourth in qualifying, Patrick Carpentier (Red Bull Toyota) went on to earn his first podium finish of the season with a fast-closing third-place finish tonight. The finish is the best for Carpentier since moving to the IndyCar Series from the Champ Car ranks this off-season. The third-place is Carpentier's fourth top-10 finish of the season.
- Alex Barron made it two Red Bull Toyotas in the top-six for Cheever Racing with a strong sixth-place. After a strong start from the ninth position, Barron had climbed into the top-six only to fall well back in the field after a miscommunication in the pits. He steadily climbed back into the top 10 and moved into sixth late in the race for his third top-10 finish of the season.
- It looked like it might be a one-two Toyota finish before pole-sitter Sam Hornish Jr. made contact with the wall while running in second on Lap 165. Previously, Hornish had continued a streak that has seen him lead every IndyCar Series oval event this season.
- With his victory, Helio Castroneves moved into third-place in the points race, just three points out of second. Sam Hornish Jr. drops to fourth, while Patrick Carpentier climbed back into the top 10 in 10th overall.