Toyota Loses Out on Fuel Economy Run at Richmond - After leading the first 113 laps, crashes and ill-timed yellows kept Toyota out of the winner's circle at Richmond tonight. Helio Castroneves finished second, but lost the victory when...
Toyota Loses Out on Fuel Economy Run at Richmond
- After leading the first 113 laps, crashes and ill-timed yellows kept Toyota out of the winner's circle at Richmond tonight. Helio Castroneves finished second, but lost the victory when race-winner Daniel Wheldon ran 121 laps on a race-ending fuel economy run to win Saturday night's SunTrust Indy Challenge.
- Helio Castroneves' second marks his seventh top-three finish in his last nine IRL short oval events. Over that span, he's registered two wins, five seconds and a third on ovals under 1.5 miles in length. Castroneves led the first 37 laps tonight.
- With his second-place finish, Helio Castroneves maintained his third-place standing in the points race. Scott Dixon moved up to fifth with an eighth-place finish, while fellow Toyota drivers Sam Hornish Jr. and Darren Manning are tied for sixth. An ill-handling race car forced Tora Takagi to retire early in 19th, dropping him to 10th in the points. Overall, five Toyotas currently rank in the top 10.
- Sam Hornish, Jr. (Marlboro Toyota) led 76 laps tonight and was running in the top four late in the race when he made contact while attempting to gain a position. Unfortunately, the incident dropped him to a 13th-place finish.
- Scott Sharp (Delphi Toyota) matched his best finish of the season in registering his third ninth-place finish of the season.
- A.J. Foyt IV (Conseco Toyota) matched a career-best finish with an 11th tonight.
Jim Aust, Toyota vice president of Motorsports: "We just can't seem to get a break. We had the best car in both qualifying and in the race tonight, but it seemed like the yellows went against us. Had the race gone another two laps, Helio very well may have won."
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