Scott Dixon sweeps to Toronto double scoop

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Monday 15th July, 2013 - 7:42am

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Scott Dixon soars to double wins in Toronto

Scott Dixon soars to double wins in Toronto

Star driver Scott Dixon has soared into contention to claim a third IndyCar title after ending the twin races at the Toronto street circuit with a pair of victories.

Aside from the $100,000 bonus for nabbing both 85-lap races, Dixon has emerged as a series title contender for the Chip Ganassi team.

Dixon held out Penske star Helio Castroneves with Sebastien Bourdais (Dragon Racing) claiming another podium in third.

The Kiwi now moves to within 29 points of Castroneves at the top of the series points after his dominant run. He has now won three consecutive races after his Pocono win last week.

“It’s quite a turnaround in a couple of weeks. I hope we can keep (momentum) going,” Dixon said.

The #9 Ganassi driver managed to spear to a commanding lead before James Jakes brought out the caution with less than 20 laps remaining.

Once the race was waved green on lap 71 Dixon quickly scooted clear to maintain his weekend domination.

Will Power had been on the move over the final quarter of the race making up several positions and moving into a podium position.

The race was interrupted again when Ed Carpenter slammed into the wall with five laps remaining bringing out a full course caution.

On the restart with two laps to go Ryan Hunter-Reay tagged Power who was under siege to hold third sport exiting turn one after his Penske machine wiggled on the exit.

The incident forced Power into the wall while Hunter-Reay suffered the same fate with Takuma Sato innocently brought into the accident.

Dixon’s team-mate Dario Franchitti finished fourth after fighting front-end issues with EJ Viso claiming fifth.

Outside Dixon’s dominant performance one of the drives of the race came from part-timer Mike Conway who shot into seventh place after coming from mid-pack in the Dale Coyne Racing entry.

Indy Lights star did a solid job as a last minute replace for Ryan Briscoe in the #4 Panther car to finish 17th. Briscoe suffered a broken wrist in the late stages of the opening race.

See below for full results of Toronto Race 2

 1 Scott Dixon Ganassi/Honda 1:35.02.3755s
 2 Helio Castroneves Penske/Chevy +0.8772
 3 Sebastien Bourdais Dragon/Chevy +1.7213
 4 Dario Franchitti Ganassi/Honda +2.7630
 5 EJ Viso Andretti/Chevy +3.5804
 6 Charlie Kimball Ganassi/Honda +4.4245
 7 Mike Conway Coyne/Honda +5.0432
 8 Justin Wilson Coyne/Honda +5.4582
 9 Marco Andretti Andretti/Chevy +5.8601
10 Alex Tagliani Herta/Honda +7.1766
11 Josef Newgarden Fisher/Honda +7.8430
12 Simon Pagenaud Schmidt/Honda +14.4211
13 Sebastian Saavedra Dragon/Chevy +1 lap
14 Graham Rahal Rahal/Honda +1 lap
15 Simona de Silvestro KV/Chevy +1 lap
16 Tristan Vautier Schmidt/Honda +1 lap
17 Carlos Munoz Panther/Chevy +1 lap
18 Will Power Penske/Chevy 83 laps
19 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti/Chevy 83 laps
20 Takuma Sato Foyt/Honda 83 laps
21 James Hinchcliffe Andretti/Chevy 81 laps
22 Ed Carpenter Carpenter/Chevy 77 laps
23 James Jakes Rahal/Honda 62 laps
24 Tony Kanaan KV/Chevy 35 laps

 IndyCar Standings

Pos Driver Points
1 Hélio Castroneves 425
2 Scott Dixon 396
3 Ryan Hunter-Reay 356
4 Marco Andretti 355
5 Simon Pagenaud 309
6 Tony Kanaan 307
7 Dario Franchitti 307
8 James Hinchcliffe 305
9 Justin Wilson 296
10 Will Power 273
11 Charlie Kimball 272
12 Ernesto Viso 258
13 Takuma Sato 257
14 Ed Carpenter 240
15 Josef Newgarden 238
16 Sébastien Bourdais 223
17 Graham Rahal 221
18 James Jakes 215
19 Simona de Silvestro 207
20 Tristan Vautier 183
21 Alex Tagliani 163
22 Sebastian Saavedra 152
23 Oriol Servià 151
24 Mike Conway 149
25 Ryan Briscoe 87
26 J.R. Hildebrand 79
27 Ana Beatriz 72
28 Carlos Muñoz 67
29 A.J. Allmendinger 65
30 Pippa Mann 29
31 Conor Daly 11
32 Townsend Bell 10
33 Buddy Lazier 8
33 Katherine Legge 8

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