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Rank Driver Points
1 Will Power 671
2 Helio Castroneves 609
3 Scott Dixon 604
4 Juan Pablo Montoya 586
5 Simon Pagenaud 565
6 Ryan Hunter-Reay 563
7 Tony Kanaan 544
8 Carlos Munoz 483
9 Marco Andretti 463
10 Sebastien Bourdais 461
11 Ryan Briscoe 461
12 James Hinchcliffe 456
13 Josef Newgarden 406
14 Charlie Kimball 402
15 Justin Wilson 395
16 Mikhail Aleshin 372
17 Jack Hawksworth 366
18 Takuma Sato 350
19 Graham Rahal 345
20 Carlos Huertas 314
21 Sebastian Saavedra 291
22 Ed Carpenter 262
23 Mike Conway 252
24 Oriol Servia 88
25 Kurt Busch 80
26 J.R. Hildebrand 66
27 Sage Karam 57
28 Luca Filippi 46
29 James Davison 34
30 Jacques Villeneuve 29
31 Alex Tagliani 28
32 Townsend Bell 22
33 Pippa Mann 21
34 Martin Plowman 18
35 Buddy Lazier 11
36 Franck Montagny 8
Dixon beats Castroneves in Kansas

IndyCar
Sunday, April 26, 2009

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(L to R) Helio Castroneves, Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan
Helio Castroneves charged from the rear of the field to challenge Scott Dixon for the victory in the Road Runner Turbo Indy 300 at Kansas Speedway, but Dixon prevailed.

The Target Chip Ganassi Racing driver, 17th in the championship standings after two rounds, won his 17th IndyCar Series race (11th on an oval) by 0.7104 of a second over the hard-charging Castroneves on a blustery day in the heartland.

Tony Kanaan finished third in the No. 11 Team 7-Eleven car and Ryan Briscoe, driving the No. 6 Team Penske car, was fourth. Andretti Green Racing teammates Danica Patrick and Marco Andretti followed. Pole sitter Graham Rahal finished seventh -- his career best on an oval. Kanaan leads Briscoe by one point in the championship standings heading into the Indianapolis 500 on May 24.

"Consistency is definitely the key," Kanaan said. "But we need to work a lot harder to get this car to win races. But in the meantime, we keep finishing where we need to be. Obviously, it feels good, but it's so early in the season. It's good momentum going to Indy."

Winds gusting to 30 mph at the green flag were part of threatening weather in the state (multiple tornados touched down 24 hours earlier), which affected the cars on the 1.5-mile oval.

"We added a lot of downforce for the race and that actually cost me toward the end," Kanaan said. "I told my engineer that we need to be there at the end, so don't give me a car that's going to scare the hell out of me during the whole race. Obviously I regretted it a little in the end, but it was a good result for the team."

The win was the third in a row at the track by a Target Chip Ganassi Racing driver.

Dixon entered the race 17th in points after two difficult races on street circuits to begin the season. The return to a 1.5-mile oval suited him well. After starting fourth, Dixon passed pole sitter Graham Rahal on Lap 8 and went on to lead 134 of 200 laps for his 17th career victory. The win moved Dixon to fourth in the point standings as the IndyCar Series prepares for the Indianapolis 500.

Castroneves nearly duplicated his back-to-front victory from last September at Chicagoland. In that race, Castroneves won after starting 28th. Sunday, he worked his way up from the 21st to second.

Tony Kanaan finished third. The only driver to record top-five finishes in each of the first three races this season, Kanaan moved into the points lead, one point ahead of Ryan Briscoe, who finished fourth.

Kanaan led an Andretti Green Racing contingent that placed all four drivers in the top 10 for the first time since Milwaukee 2006. Danica Patrick finished fifth, Marco Andretti sixth and Hideki Mutoh eighth.

Rahal finished seventh and two-time defending race winner Dan Wheldon finished 10th.

The 2009 IndyCar Series season continues May 24 with the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The race will be telecast live in High Definition at 1 p.m. (EDT) by ABC.

Quotes

SCOTT DIXON (No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing, first): “I think we were expecting the race to be a lot more difficult as far as the wind conditions in Turns 3 and 4 and maybe more cautions. Our team was definitely talking about a lot of cautions and making sure we saved fuel. All-in-all for me it was a pretty smooth race. We had a great car. We jumped straight to second then about 10 laps later we got Graham (Rahal) when he slid up the track a bit in Turns 3 and 4. We got out front and started saving fuel. The Target car was really good all day. We had a bit of a fumble in the pits, which dropped us back to third at one point and made it quite difficult to get past (Ryan) Briscoe. I think we were trimmed to win as they say. The car was maybe not as good as it should have been in traffic. Luckily enough, we were saving enough fuel and caught the caution that catapulted us to the front.”

HELIO CASTRONEVES (No. 3 Team Penske, second): “That was a lot of fun. This wind was a little bit challenging, but it was the same for everyone. Team Penske did a hell of a job. Ryan (Briscoe) and I were working really well together and you can see both Team Penske cars up at the top. It’s good points. Yes, you want to win, but Scott (Dixon) did a hell of a job. Andretti Green also – it’s a good battle. Hopefully this is good preparation for the Indianapolis 500.”

TONY KANAAN (No. 11 Team 7-Eleven, third): “Consistency is definitely the key. But we need to work a lot harder to get this car to win races. But in the meantime, we keep finishing where we need to be. Obviously, it feels good, but it’s so early in the season. It’s good momentum going to Indy. We added a lot of downforce for the race, and that actually cost me toward the end. I told my engineer that we need to be there at the end, so don’t give me a car that’s going to scare the hell out of me during the whole race. Obviously I regretted it a little in the end, but it was a good result for the team.”

RYAN BRISCOE (No. 6 Team Penske, fourth): “It’s a solid result, but it’s really disappointing. We had the car to win, and we had the track position until we got caught out with that yellow, so it’s really unfortunate. But I’m happy to be disappointed for that reason, that’s for sure.”

DANICA PATRICK (No. 7 Motorola, fifth): “We made some adjustments that made the car good for the race. We struggled with a little bit of understeer to start, but my guys were good in the pits, got me some front wing and they were good on the stops at the end, which is what helped me kind of jump forward and pass a couple of cars. It’s tough to pass out there, and when you get behind a couple cars, it’s even more understeer because there’s no wind in front of you. The guys did a great job, and we’re really excited to go to Indy.”

MARCO ANDRETTI (No. 26 Team Venom Energy, sixth): “I’m happy with my sixth-place finish for the No. 26 car. We struggled a bit, but I can’t complain. We took a non-perfect car and kept it on pace with the leaders. We had a rough morning warm-up, but the Venom Energy boys worked hard all day, so we were able to turn the day around. I feel confident going into the Indy 500.”

GRAHAM RAHAL (No. 02 McDonald’s Racing Team, seventh): “We had a pretty good start. On the first lap, we pulled away. It was just Dixie (Scott Dixon) and I moving our way forward, trying to pull out a gap. I was struggling a bit in Turns 3 and 4, and that’s where I got passed the three times I was passed. Late in the race, I discovered the high line, and that’s how I got around everybody, because my car was pretty good in (Turns) 3 and 4 up top. I need to definitely think about that earlier next time. It’s a lesson learned. Having to do the splash and go there at the end for what was to be our last stop really cost us four spots, so realistically we were looking pretty good. I think the McDonald's team has the outright speed, but we just need to make sure we have it for the whole race.” (About Dario Franchitti’s accident:) “I didn’t see that. I have no clue what happened. I’ll go talk to him, but all of a sudden I saw out of my right rear mirror the thing just went straight and I was like, ‘Whoa, what happened there?’ I signaled that I was coming into pit lane by putting two wheels over the white line, and I did it right off Turn 2, and then I came back out to the white line and ducked in. I hit the brakes once I ducked, and it was pretty late – later than I have ever hit the brakes going into a pit lane. And all of a sudden I see this flash going by and straight into the fence. With the speed he was carrying, he wasn’t going to make it anyway whether I was there or not.”

HIDEKI MUTOH (No. 27 Formula Dream, eighth): “It was a really tough race for the Formula Dream car. We started from the 13th position and were able to move through traffic and finish seventh. I’m a little disappointed, because I think we could’ve had a top-five finish since I had a strong car. I can’t wait for the month of May to start.”

Results

Pos Car Driver Team Laps Status Points
1. 9 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing 200 Running 52
2. 3 Helio Castroneves Team Penske 200 Running 40
3. 11 Tony Kanaan Andretti Green Racing 200 Running 35
4. 6 Ryan Briscoe Team Penske 200 Running 32
5. 7 Danica Patrick Andretti Green Racing 200 Running 30
6. 26 Marco Andretti Andretti Green Racing 200 Running 28
7. 02 Graham Rahal Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing 200 Running 27
8. 27 Hideki Mutoh Andretti Green Racing 200 Running 24
9. 20 Ed Carpenter Vision Racing 200 Running 22
10. 4 Dan Wheldon Panther Racing 200 Running 20
11. 5 Mario Moraes KV Racing Technology 200 Running 19
12. 06 Robert Doornbos* Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing 199 Running 18
13. 67 Sarah Fisher Sarah Fisher Racing 199 Running 17
14. 18 Justin Wilson Dale Coyne Racing 199 Running 16
15. 21 Ryan Hunter-Reay Vision Racing 196 Running 15
16. 23 Milka Duno Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 195 Running 14
17. 98 Stanton Barrett* CURB/Agajanian/Team 3G 181 Running 13
18. 10 Dario Franchitti Chip Ganassi Racing 151 Contact 12
19. 24 Mike Conway* Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 109 Mechanical 12
20. 2 Raphael Matos* Luczo Dragon Racing 95 Contact 12
21. 13 EJ Viso HVM Racing 37 Mechanical 12
22. 14 Vitor Meira AJ Foyt Enterprises 14 Contact 12


* Series rookie

Race Statistics
      Winner's average speed: 176.488 mph
      Time of race: 1:43:21.0035
      Margin of victory: 0.7104 of a second
      Cautions: 3 caution flags for 20 laps
      Lead changes: 10 among 5 drivers
      Lap leaders: Rahal 1-7, Dixon 8-16, Rahal 17, Doornbos 18-19,
      Dixon 20-70, Castroneves 71-72, Dixon 73-98, Briscoe 99-
      151, Dixon 152-153, Castroneves 154, Dixon 155-200.
      Point standings: Kanaan 100, Briscoe 99, Franchitti 96, Dixon
      81, Hunter-Reay 74, Patrick 74, Andretti 73, Rahal 72, Power
      69, Castroneves 66.

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