Jul 14, 2013, 6:19 PM EDT
With the Honda Indy Toronto in the books, Helio Castroneves continues to lead the IZOD IndyCar Series championship. But his rear view mirrors are starting to fill up with the “Target red” of Scott Dixon.
And that’s the main focus for “The Iceman,” who now sits just 29 points behind Castroneves after completing a weekend sweep at Exhibition Place this afternoon. When NBC Sports Network’s Kevin Lee mentioned the $100,000 bonus he’d won for taking both races in the doubleheader, Dixon instead talked about the bigger picture.
“One hundred grand is good, but I’d rather take the points,” said Dixon after his third consecutive triumph in an eight-day span. “The points are what we’re here for…We’ll narrow it down and try to go for [the championship].”
Dixon has the momentum, and it bears noting that the next IndyCar race is at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (Aug. 4, 3 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network), where he is the two-time defending race champion and a four-time winner in his career.
And that could mean trouble for Castroneves, who had a relatively strong weekend in Toronto with a sixth-place finish on Saturday and a runner-up finish today. Even so, he couldn’t help but marvel at Dixon’s brilliance.
“[Dixon] was in another league,” Castroneves said to NBCSN. “I was pushing as hard as I could and I had a very good car, don’t get me wrong. But…Whatever he’s having for breakfast, I want it. Man, that was something.”
Castroneves had one final chance to get past Dixon on the last restart of the day with two laps to go but was unable to pull it off.
“I only had one “push to pass” [overtake] and I was trying to be smart with using the push-to-pass to keep up with Scott,” he said. “I was going for it, but in the end, it was really hard and Scott was smart. He’s not a rookie. We gotta work but we’re very happy with a good second-place.”
Meanwhile, the Toronto troubles continued for Ryan Hunter-Reay, who fell to third in the championship after contact with Will Power on that particular restart sent him into the wall near Turn 1. As a result of his 19th place finish, RHR is now 69 points behind Castroneves in the title race.
Three events ago, he had been just nine points behind him.
“Will was coming out from the bottom and I had a good run around the outside and I was right next to him,” Hunter-Reay told NBCSN. “He was sliding across and when I talked to him in the [medical car] that took us back, he said he got loose on the bottom and he just drove right up into us.
“There’s two lanes going through there and everybody kind of respects that. I don’t think he drove into me on purpose, but it took us out of the race.”
Jul 13, 2014, 7:00 AM EDT
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Jul 13, 2014, 1:54 AM EDT
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Jul 13, 2014, 1:15 AM EDT
Kanaan leads race-high 247 of 300 laps, but can’t hold off winner Ryan Hunter-Reay.
Jul 13, 2014, 12:38 AM EDT
The former Indy 500 champion wrecked with 19 laps to go in Saturday’s Iowa Corn Indy 300 after a run-in with IndyCar’s sole owner/driver.
Jul 13, 2014, 12:10 AM EDT
The American and his Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing team finally put a big result on the board in the Heartland.
Jul 12, 2014, 11:10 PM EDT
Taking advantage of fresh tires, Ryan Hunter-Reay put on an electrifying charge over the final nine laps to win tonight’s Iowa Corn Indy 300 at Iowa Speedway.
Jul 12, 2014, 10:01 PM EDT
Kanaan leads at the halfway point of tonight’s Iowa Corn Indy 300.
Jul 12, 2014, 9:30 PM EDT
Blake Baggett and Jeremy Martin went head-to-head once again, while Jason Anderson picked up the first moto win of his career.
Jul 12, 2014, 9:11 PM EDT
A small shower brought the race to a halt at Lap 39 of 300, with Tony Kanaan leading Helio Castroneves, Ryan Briscoe, pole sitter Scott Dixon, and Ryan Hunter-Reay.
Jul 12, 2014, 7:42 PM EDT
Ryan Dungey won the second moto at Budds Creek to earn the overall victory but was unable to gain any ground on his Red Bull KTM teammate Ken Roczen in the championship race.
Jul 12, 2014, 7:30 PM EDT
CLICK HERE for stream links to tonight’s Verizon IndyCar Series race from Iowa Speedway.
Jul 12, 2014, 7:11 PM EDT
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Jenna Haddock, wife of veteran NHRA Funny Car racer Terry Haddock, to make Top Fuel debut next weekend in Denver
Jul 12, 2014, 6:34 PM EDT
Veteran Funny Car driver Terry Haddock’s days of having all the fun on a drag strip are about to end, as wife Jenna will make her debut in a Top Fuel dragster at next weekend’s 35th Mopar Mile-High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway in suburban Denver.
Jul 12, 2014, 6:21 PM EDT
Smith’s 10th-place finish today gets him the bonus and puts him into the D4C for next weekend at Chicagoland, where he’ll compete against Chris Buescher, Elliott Sadler and Brian Scott.
Jul 12, 2014, 5:55 PM EDT
Brad Keselowski dominated en route to victory in Saturday’s 25th Sta-Green 200 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
NASCAR Hall of Fame debuts new Racin’ & Rockin’ exhibit, driver/fan Q&A series, Eldora truck race viewing party
Jul 12, 2014, 4:52 PM EDT
The NASCAR Hall of Fame is going to be very busy over the next few months.
Jul 12, 2014, 4:19 PM EDT
White will finish 348th out of more than 6,000 competitors in the tournament and earns a prize payout of $33,734.
Jul 12, 2014, 3:00 PM EDT
Regan Smith (pictured), Ryan Reed, Jeremy Clements, and Ryan Sieg will be competing for a $100,000 bonus in this afternoon’s Nationwide Series race at New Hampshire.
Jul 12, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT
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Jul 12, 2014, 1:15 PM EDT
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