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article imageIndyCar: Dixon dominates start to finish to win 2inT.O.

By John Duarte     Jul 15, 2013 in Sports
Toronto - Scott Dixon might tell you that he would be quite happy to close out the IZOD IndyCar Series season in Toronto after sweeping the 2inT.O. doubleheader.
“It’s been a long time since I’ve had such a dominant day,” said Dixon, who led 81 of the race’s 85 laps. It was Dixon’s third-consecutive win on the circuit. He started his streak two weeks ago in Pennsylvania.
It’s been six years since the two-time series champion has won three straight races. But, Dixon is elated to start the week leading into his 33 birthday riding a three-race winning streak.
“I hope we can keep it going,” Dixon said as he looked forward to the next race on the IZOD IndyCar Series schedule. The Honda Indy 200 (Aug. 4) will be run at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, where Dixon has won the last two years.
Sweeping the Toronto doubleheader also meant Dixon picked up the SONAX Perfect Finish Award and $100,000 prize that goes with it. The IZOD IndyCar Series added three doubleheader weekends to its schedule for the first time this year. The final pair of weekend races will be held in Houston in October. The first doubleheader of the season was in Detroit in June.
On Sunday, Dixon could do no wrong. After a strong showing in Race 1, where he beat Sebastien Bourdais to the finish line by nearly two seconds, Dixon was rarely challenged in Race 2 as he made his way around the tricky Toronto street circuit.
The latest win, the 32nd of his career, puts Dixon at the top of the win list for active drivers. The race driver said he never expected this career success after joining IndyCar racing in 2001, in the CART (Championship Auto Racing Teams) series, and joining the current IndyCar series precursor, the Indy Racing League (IRL), two years later. He won his IRL debut in 2003 and is now seventh all-time on the series win list.
“It’s cool to be on that list and moving up it.” Dixon said potential career stats were the furthest thing from his mind after his debut race. “I was probably trying to think of where to go that night instead of what my future was holding.”
Helio Castroneves finished the second Toronto race in second place and he was followed by Bourdais, who earned his second-straight podium finish.
Three straight wins have Dixon hot on the heels of Castroneves in the IZOD IndyCar Series drivers’ standings. Dixon trailed Castroneves by 92 points heading into the Pocono Indy 400 and was seventh in the standings. He now sits in second place, staring at a 29-point gap to the series’ leader. The win on Sunday also Dixon vaulted him past defending series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay, who is now 69 points behind Castroneves.
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