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article imageIndyCar: Dixon keeps it rolling with Toronto win

By John Duarte     Jul 14, 2013 in Sports
Toronto - Scott Dixon kept the momentum started a week earlier in Pennsylvania, when he won his first race in nearly a year, by winning the first of two weekend IZOD IndyCar Series races in Toronto on Saturday.
“This is what we need to get the momentum going,” Dixon said after winning the first of 2inT.O. races. “It’s been a rough start to the year, we definitely hit a bit of a stride right now. All we need to do is keep it going a little bit longer.”
The back-to-back wins move Dixon into third place the IZOD IndyCar Series drivers’ standings, where he sits 42 points behind leader Helio Castroneves. In second place, Ryan Hunter-Reay was hoping to close in on Castroneves, but things didn’t turn out the way he would have liked.
“A frustrating afternoon,” said the defending series champion. “We had two stalls in pit lane and then we were making out way up the track, I just got held down in the marbles on the inside and collected all that stuff on my tires. I didn’t feel confident at all under braking today and had some issues with (the car).”
It was by no means an easy win for Dixon, who battled Sebastien Bourdais in the closing stages of the race. Bourdais finished in second place.
“Just a crazy day,” Dixon said. “The doubleheaders are tough. We got through Race 1.”
Running two races during the course of one weekend is new to the IZOD IndyCar Series this year. The Dual in Detroit was held during the first weekend in June and Houston will host the third, and final, doubleheader of the season in October. If a driver wins both weekend races, he will pick up a $100,000 bonus.
Dario Franchitti finished the Saturday race in third place, but not without a bit of controversy. Franchitti was beginning to celebrate his podium finish when told he had been assessed a penalty for blocking on the final lap. The 25-second penalty dropped him to 13th overall. However, after a video review, IndyCar officials reinstated the podium finish and Franchitti had his second-straight third-place result.
Rarely at a loss for words, Franchitti pondered how IndyCar officials reach their decisions. “I think it involves dice and a blindfold.”
The second race part of the 2inT.O. weekend goes July 14 before the IZOD IndyCar Series roadshow heads for the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and the Honda Indy 200, on Aug. 4.
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