IRL: Watkins Glen: Toyota race report

DIXON ON TARGET; TOYOTA WINS WATKINS GLEN Scott Dixon powered past Dario Franchitti and then Tony Kanaan to take the lead on Lap 48 and then went on to lead the final 13 laps to give Toyota and Target Chip Ganassi Racing the victory in Sunday's...

DIXON ON TARGET; TOYOTA WINS WATKINS GLEN

Scott Dixon powered past Dario Franchitti and then Tony Kanaan to take the lead on Lap 48 and then went on to lead the final 13 laps to give Toyota and Target Chip Ganassi Racing the victory in Sunday's Watkins Glen Indy Grand Prix at Watkins Glen International.- Today's victory is the fourth for Toyota this season and the manufacturer's 17th in 48 IndyCar Series events. Toyota also scored 21 CART victories for a total of 38 major open-wheel racing victories over the past five-plus seasons. Toyota-powered cars dominated today's event -- with three cars combining to lead 51 laps in the 60-lap event.

- Scott Dixon's victory is his first of the season and fourth of his IndyCar Series career -- and his first since winning in his championship 2003 season at Richmond. The win marks the fifth for Target Chip Ganassi Racing in IRL competition. - Giorgio Pantano (Target Toyota) earned his first top-five finish with a fourth today after notching a front-row starting spot yesterday in qualifying for just his second IndyCar Series start. Pantano's finish gives Target Chip Ganassi two cars in the top-four today.

- Sam Hornish Jr. (Marlboro Team Penske Toyota) registered his 11th top-10 finishes in 16 starts with an seventh today. In the process, Hornish led his first-ever IRL road course laps (3). The result marks a career road-course best finish for the Defiance, Ohio, native.

- With his 10th-place finish today, Patrick Carpentier (Red Bull Toyota) notched his 11th top-10 showing of the season. In the last 10 races, Carpentier has three top-five finishes and eight top-10s. In addition, he continues to lead the series in laps completed this season.JCarpentier appeared to be on the way to a possible podium finish -- running in the top three before losing a gear late in the race.

- Pole-sitter Helio Castroneves (Marlboro Team Penske Toyota) ran first or second for much of the race before developing handling problems in the late-going. His day ended one lap prematurely as he was involved in an incident with Tomas Enge on the final lap, resulting in hard contact for each.

- With his seventh-place finish, Sam Hornish Jr. maintains the third position in the point standings, while Helio Castroneves remains in fifth despite his late crash. Patrick Carpentier moved into a tie for ninth heading into the season finale Toyota Indy 400 at the California Speedway.

Scott Dixon, #9 Target Toyota: "The team has been working so good on the road courses this year. The whole weekend really clicked for us. I thought it was a really good race. We made the passes when we needed to -- and we had the power and the handling to do it. We had a really good car and the whole team did a great job. I was confident we could hold them off before the yellow, but wasn't sure about the re-start. We got a great start, though, and ran some really strong laps at the end."

Patrick Carpentier, #83 Red Bull Toyota: "We had a car that was much better than a tenth place finish. Overall the weekend has been great. We had gear shifting problems the entire race. It was a lot of work, and it got a lot worse just before that last yellow. It was not going into fifth gear. I just couldn't hold on to that fourth place once all the cars were packed together. But, I am happy. You look and see where we are coming from and where we are going. There were four of five guys at the front that were clearly leading the field today and we were a part of that. So, overall it's not that bad."

Alex Barron, #51 Red Bull Toyota: "It was a long day for us. Nothing seemed to click once the race started. I'm not quite sure what it was, but we just need to go back and look at the data to see why we weren't quick, especially at the beginning of our stints. I was sliding around quite a bit, and had a couple of long slides on restarts. We had a bit of a problem early making a wing adjustment during our first stop, and I spun late. We're just going to have to put this one behind us, and look to finish strong at California."

NEXT: Toyota Indy 400, California Speedway, Oct. 16, 3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Giorgio Pantano , Tomas Enge , Helio Castroneves , Patrick Carpentier , Dario Franchitti , Scott Dixon , Tony Kanaan , Alex Barron , Chip Ganassi , Sam Hornish Jr.
Teams Team Penske , Chip Ganassi Racing