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article imageIndyCar: Ganassi team win in the Poconos is as easy as 1-2-3

By John Duarte     Jul 8, 2013 in Sports
Long Pond - The Ganassi racing team celebrated IndyCar’s return to Pennsylvania in nearly a quarter century by sweeping the podium at the Pocono IndyCar 400 on Sunday.
“It’s been so long since we’ve had a win,” said team owner Chip Ganassi. “It’s a great place to do it. In my home state.”
IndyCars had not competed at Pocono Raceway in 24 years. The last time the open-wheel series ran in Pennsylvania was in 1989 when they raced under the CART (Championship Auto Racing Teams) banner and Danny Sullivan won the Pocono 500.
For Scott Dixon, who had not won a race since August 2012, winning the Pocono IndyCar 400 came as a welcome yet unexpected surprise.
“Going into this morning, I was not thinking we could win,” Dixon said. “It’s been a long drought, almost a year, so it’s fantastic to be back in winner’s circle.”
Dixon was almost apologetic while considering the gap since he last won an IndyCar race and looking ahead in the season to races in Toronto, next weekend, and Ohio (Aug. 4), where he has won the past two years.
“I wish I had started the year a little more positive. It has been a tough year,” Dixon said. “I hope that at Mid-Ohio we have our typical tendency to do well there. Toronto is also going to create some great racing.”
Crossing the finish line behind Dixon were his teammates, runner-up Charlie Kimball, who matched his best-ever finish in the series, and Dario Franchitti, in third.
“Who saw that one coming?” said the third-place finisher. “It’s a huge boost for the team,”
Helio Castroneves extended his lead in the IZOD IndyCar Series standings, thanks to an eighth-place finish at the Pocono IndyCar 400. Castroneves is 23 points up on the series defending champion Ryan Hunter-Reay, who crashed on pit lane when hit by another car and ended the race well back in 20th place. Despite leading 80 of the race’s 160 laps, Marco Andretti couldn’t make up any ground in the standings and is third, 55 points behind the points leader.
The only Canadian stop on the IZOD IndyCar Series schedule runs this coming weekend with a pair of races in Toronto (Ontario). The 2inT.O. doubleheader will run on the streets of Toronto on July 13 and 14.
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