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.”
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Mar 15, 2014, 11:51 PM EDT
NHRA Funny Car driver Cruz Pedregon may be a California native, but there’s something about Gainesville, Fla., that just seems to bring out the best in him. Pedregon posted a 4.068 second run (at 308.21 mph) to earn the No. 1 qualifying position for Sunday’s final eliminations of the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Auto-Plus Raceway.
Mar 15, 2014, 11:32 PM EDT
Alex Job Racing and Porsche North America are the primary teams involved.
Mar 15, 2014, 10:31 PM EDT
More to come later from Sebring but after a late-race caution, the 11th on the day, Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates restarted strongly has captured the overall win in its Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring debut. The No. 01 Ford EcoBoost Riley co-driven by Marino Franchitti, Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas jumped ahead…
Mar 15, 2014, 9:18 PM EDT
Albert Park is still quiet, but will be noisy soon enough…
Mar 15, 2014, 8:15 PM EDT
Race updates at the 2014 12 Hours of Sebring.
Mar 15, 2014, 7:35 PM EDT
If you’re a “¡Three Amigos!” fan, this might be right up your alley.
Mar 15, 2014, 6:49 PM EDT
Sunday’s weather forecast for Bristol is not a good one, by any means.
Mar 15, 2014, 6:08 PM EDT
The former Sprint Cup teammates are looking to keep out of trouble this time around.
Mar 15, 2014, 5:10 PM EDT
Racing a NASCAR Nationwide Series car at Bristol Motor Speedway is like riding a bicycle for Matt Kenseth: he never forgets how to get around the .533-mile bullring.
Mar 15, 2014, 4:47 PM EDT
For the second year in a row, he finishes P2 to Kyle Busch in the spring NNS race at Bristol.
Mar 15, 2014, 4:33 PM EDT
The driver known as “SK$” has had quite a first stint in his maiden Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring appearance.
Mar 15, 2014, 4:27 PM EDT
In his 20th Nationwide Series start at BMS, Kyle Busch earned his seventh win – his third in a row and sixth in his last eight NNS starts there – in Saturday’s Drive to Stop Diabetes 300.
Mar 15, 2014, 3:36 PM EDT
Stewart-Haas’ vice-president of competition Greg Zipadelli says “Smoke” has remained calm.
Mar 15, 2014, 2:45 PM EDT
A special decal is being used on all Ford cars this weekend in Tennessee.
Mar 15, 2014, 2:30 PM EDT
Sunday marks the opening of two months of voting for your favorite driver to compete in the Sprint All-Star Race on May 17 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Mar 15, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT
Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth, and Kyle Busch should all be threats in tomorrow’s Food City 500.
Mar 15, 2014, 1:43 PM EDT
Casey Mears was the fastest in Saturday’s final practice for Sunday’s Food City 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Mar 15, 2014, 11:35 AM EDT
If you predicted that a driver named Kyle would be on the front row for Saturday’s Drive to Stop Diabetes 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway, you couldn’t go wrong.
Mar 15, 2014, 10:53 AM EDT
If you’re planning on attending Sunday’s Food City 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway, bring your umbrella.
Mar 15, 2014, 10:07 AM EDT
Ryan Newman was fastest in early-morning NASCAR Sprint Cup practice Saturday at Bristol Motor Speedway.
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