IRL: Texas: Toyota race report

Al Unser Jr., Toyota take Texas triumph Al Unser Jr. (Corteco Toyota) won a one-lap shoot-out to win the Bombardier 500 at Texas Motor Speedway as Toyota-powered cars led all but one lap tonight. The Toyota victory is its third consecutive ...

Al Unser Jr., Toyota take Texas triumph

Al Unser Jr. (Corteco Toyota) won a one-lap shoot-out to win the Bombardier 500 at Texas Motor Speedway as Toyota-powered cars led all but one lap tonight.

The Toyota victory is its third consecutive IndyCar Series triumph and its fourth in five IRL races this season. Making the distinction even more impressive is that the four victories have come from four different drivers. Dating back to last season's CART competition, Toyota has now won 14 of its last 24 races.

By leading 199 of 200 laps tonight, Toyota-powered cars have now led 330 of the last 333 laps run in IndyCar Series competition (626 out of a possible 632.5 miles).

Al Unser Jr.'s (Corteco Toyota) victory is his first of the season and the third of his IndyCar career, in addition to 31 CART victories. It's the second victory for Kelley Racing in five races this year. The team was the first to sign on with Toyota for IRL competition in Jan. 2002.

Al Unser Jr.'s win tonight marks his third top-five finish of the season and his fourth consecutive top-10 finish. The victory moves Unser Jr. into second-place in the IndyCar Series points race.

Tomas Scheckter (Target Toyota) led the most laps for the second consecutive race with 145, including the first 91 laps tonight. Scheckter appeared to be headed for his first win of the season before a pit incident three-quarters of the way through the race.

Tora Takagi (Pioneer Toyota) drove to an IRL-career best third-place finish his second consecutive top-five finish.

Scott Dixon (Target Toyota), Helio Castroneves (Marlboro Toyota) and Gil de Ferran placed sixth, seventh and eighth, respectively, to give Toyota five of the top-eight finishers.

Toyota drivers now hold eight of the top-10 in the IndyCar Series points race with Al Unser Jr. in second, Helio Castroneves in third, and Gil de Ferran, Scott Sharp (Delphi Toyota), Scott Dixon, Tora Takagi, Felipe Giaffone (Hollywood Toyota) and Tomas Scheckter holding down the fifth through 10th positions.

#31 Al Unser Jr. Corteco Toyota: "Tom Kelley stepped up to the plate this winter and the whole Kelley Racing team has raised its game this year. Signing up with Toyota was the biggest gain from last year to this year and you could see that on the back-straight of that last lap. Once we (he and Tony Kanaan) got even on the back-straight, it wasn't Al vs. Tony, it was Toyota vs. Honda and Toyota won. I was so happy I had that Toyota power."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Felipe Giaffone , Al Unser Jr. , Scott Sharp , Helio Castroneves , Gil de Ferran , Scott Dixon , Tony Kanaan , Tora Takagi