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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
Kanaan breaks Penske & Ganassi IndyCar Stranglehold

Wins Iowa Corn 250
Sunday, June 20, 2010

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Tony Kanaan in the lead in Iowa
Dennis Ashlock/Firestone
Andretti Autosport driver Tony Kanaan won for the first time since June 2008, prevailing in the fourth Iowa Corn Indy 250 presented by Pioneer. Kanaan, who started 15th, overtook Helio Castroneves with 10 laps remaining on the 0.875-mile track.

E.J. Viso finished an IZOD IndyCar Series-high third and Ryan Briscoe was fourth. Will Power, the pole sitter, finished fifth to regain the series championship points lead. Dario Franchitti, the leader entering the race, looked to be a contender until the No. 10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing car sustained a gearbox issue with 50 laps remaining. He had taken the lead from Castroneves a lap earlier.

In winning Kanaan broke the stranglehold Penske Racing and Target Chip Ganassi Racing had on the IndyCar series.  The only other non-Penske or Ganassi win was at Long Beach with Ryan Hunter-Reay.

Kanaan led 119 laps total the past two years at Iowa but didn't finish either race. He led 62 laps today and battled Dario Franchitti hard for the lead until a pit road wheel banging incident damaged Franchitti's car.

This is Tony Kanaan's first win of the season and the 14th of his IZOD IndyCar Series career. His last win was at Richmond in 2008.

The win was Kanaan's first of the season and the 14th of his IZOD IndyCar Series career. “I had a great car,” said the driver of the No. 11 Team 7-Eleven. “I have thank my teammates: Marco [Andretti] and Ryan [Hunter-Reay] came over after qualifying [15th when] I was very disappointed. I made a mistake during qualifying, and I was pretty down. They talked to me for 45 minutes and cheered me up. Marco gave me a little bit of his setup, and Ryan actually helped me with the setup, putting it together for today. It was a great job as a team, and it feels good."

E.J. Viso finished a career-best third. His previous best finish in the IZOD IndyCar Series was fourth at St. Petersburg in 2008. The third place finish for KV Racing Technology matches the team's previous best IZOD IndyCar Series finish.  Driver Mario Moraes finished third for the team at Chicagoland in 2009.

Long-time leader Dario Franchitti was denied by late-race gearbox problems, while Scott Dixon and Will Power both faded after fighting for the lead. As they did, EJ Viso charged through to a career-best third - making up for KV Racing's disappointment when his team-mate Takuma Sato crashed out of the same spot.

Polesitter Power had led the early running for Penske under pressure from the battling Marco Andretti and Scott Dixon.

Power led until lap 33 when his handling went away and Marco Andretti who took up the lead, but 10 laps later his handling also went away and he fell back.

Then the Ganassi teammates took over and repeatedly swapped places through the next two pitstops.

Dixon survived a pitlane traffic jam that resulted in firm contact between him, Kanaan and Castroneves.

As the Ganassi drivers diced after a mid-race restart following a crash for Sarah Fisher, Andretti Autosport duo Kanaan and Ryan Hunter-Reay joined in and got between them, with Kanaan - up from 15th on the grid.  Kanaan's battle with Franchitti was tense as they took turns in first as they sliced through traffic.

Behind them, Takuma Sato was fast and passed Hunter-Reay and Dixon in quick succession to take third. But no sooner did he get third did he understeer into the wall while lapping Alex Lloyd's Dale Coyne car.  He blamed himself for inexperience on the ovals.

Everyone made their final pitstops under the next yellow, and Kanaan lost ground when Hunter-Reay clipped his left front, and he fell to third.  The usual fast Penske pit work got Castroneves up to second behind Franchitti - which became the lead when Franchitti's gearbox went south 43 laps from the end.

That set up a final shoot-out between Castroneves and Kanaan. With 10 laps to go Kanaan made a run on Castroneves and slipped through on the inside and then pulled away to win.

Castroneves held on to second ahead of EJ Viso.

The 2010 IZOD IndyCar Series season continues July 4 with the Camping World Grand Prix at The Glen at Watkins Glen International. The race will be telecast live in High Definition at 3:30 p.m. (ET) by ABC.

QUOTES:

DARIO FRANCHITTI (No. 10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing): "I was leading at the time and the gearbox went. I was shifting from sixth down to fifth and came up with a box full of neutrals. We had a winning car today, but it wasn't anybody's fault. The Target team did a great job today. These things just happen."

TONY KANAAN (No. 11 Team 7-Eleven, winner Iowa Corn Indy 250): "I have to thank my team and the entire 7-Eleven crew.  They did a great job. I had a great car.  I have thank my teammates.  Marco (Andretti) and Ryan (Hunter-Reay) came over after qualifying.  I was very disappointed.  I made a mistake during qualifying and I was pretty down.  They talked to me for 45 minutes and cheered me up.  Marco gave me a little bit of his setup and Ryan actually helped me with the setup, putting it together for today.  It was a great job as a team and it feels good."

HELIO CASTRONEVES (No. 3 Team Penske, finished second): "Team Penske did a great job.  We finished fourth and fifth as well so all of our cars were in the front.  Somehow the No. 3 car was always wearing out the left front. When I needed it the most, unfortunately it wasn't there. I'm not sure.  Maybe that bump between Tony (Kanaan) and Scott (Dixon) might have caused something because it was very hard to set up the car during the race.  I should be happy but with ten laps to go, it slipped right through my hands.  We had great pit stops. The team did an incredible job.  Tony did seem to have a better car.  He could run everywhere but more consistent.  It's a shame for us today, but for the championship it is very good.

E.J. VISO (No. 8 PDVSA-Jet Aviation-KV Racing Technology, finished third): "It's been a very tough year for the team. We all knew that we could get there.  We have some very good people on the team and good drivers.  We finished in the position we deserved to have.  I hope this is the start of good things to come for the rest of the season."

RYAN BRISCOE (No. 6 Team Penske, finished fourth): "I'm so happy with this fourth place finish today. I was scared. That first stint, the car was very loose. I think the change with the wind direction today, it really (inaudible) my car in Turn 1 with the bump. I was in a lot of trouble, so come in fourth today is a great effort by Team Penske. We made a few changes during the pit stops and they gave me positions on the yellow stops.  That was really good."

RAPHAEL MATOS (No. 2 HP de Ferran Dragon Racing): "I had an OK race. The car ran well most of the race.  We collected points, which is important.  There is still a lot of the season to go.  We had a mechanical issue during an early pit stop that hurt us a bit, but it was a good race overall.  The change we made to the car yesterday after qualifying really helped and we moved in the right direction.  We are continuing to understand the data and improve the car, which is important for the future."

SIMONA DE SILVESTRO (No. 78 Team Stargate Worlds/HVM): "We were really struggling for the last 20 laps. It was really hard to drive over the bump in Turn 2. I don't know what happened. We were OK at the beginning of the race. We had a mishap in the pits and we ran the tires down a lot. I'm sure we can learn a lot from this weekend.  We have a lot of work ahead of us."

VITOR MEIRA (No. 14 ABC Supply Co./A.J. Foyt Racing): "It was a good result. What matters is that we're improving and being consistent everywhere we go. We've had top 10s and the next stage is top fives. It's hard in this series, but the ABC Supply team is moving forward and that's important."

WILL POWER (No. 12 Verizon Team Penske): "We were just a little bit too loose. I had a couple of big moments. I worked with the stuff in the cockpit, and it wasn't bad at the end. It was pretty good.  I should have gone the high side on those backmarkers. This track is so setup dependent. If you have a bad setup you're going backwards, so you have to nail it.

SARAH FISHER (No. 67 Dollar General/Sarah Fisher Racing): "It was a racing accident. There's just not a whole lot of room, so when you go into a corner two-wide and there's a lack of grace, it makes it tough to go in the top. The marbles are bad here anyway.  I almost had it but I got in the marbles after running a little high."

TAKUMA SATO (No. 5 Lotus-KV Racing Technology): "I was just lapping traffic when I was looked inside and a car chopped into me.  I was trying to be careful but I was too wide and went into the wall.  I'm really disappointed. I feel very sorry for the team.  They did a tremendous job over the weekend.  Every pit stop was great.  We worked on the car during every pit stop, trying different set ups to match the environment we have today.  We were gradually gaining positions.  I'm just disappointed finishing like this."

HIDEKI MUTOH (No. 06 Formula Dream/Panasonic): "The car was reasonable at the beginning of the race. I was off the pace a little bit but we were working with the car. Once everyone got up to speed it was difficult to stay with them though. The guys did a fantastic job overnight and every day. I'm disappointed with myself because I think I could have done better.  We're going to work hard to figure this out for the next round of oval races."

SCOTT DIXON (No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing): "I think we did alright today but we weren't able to maximize points. After 40 laps we saw a lot of tire wear for some reason and I just got a ton of understeer. It was a shame but we managed to stay in the points mix."

Results

Rank

No Name Laps Gap Diff Best Lap Time Best Lap Speed Comment
1 11 Tony Kanaan 250 --.---- --.---- 0:17.9963 178.837 mph Running
2 3 Helio Castroneves 250 4.2030 4.2030 0:18.0206 178.596 mph Running
3 8 EJ Viso 250 1.0508 5.2538 0:18.1183 177.633 mph Running
4 6 Ryan Briscoe 250 3.7998 9.0536 0:18.0649 178.158 mph Running
5 12 Will Power 250 0.5366 9.5902 0:18.0213 178.589 mph Running
6 9 Scott Dixon 250 5.6781 15.2683 0:18.0689 178.118 mph Running
7 14 Vitor Meira 250 1.6020 16.8703 0:18.1037 177.776 mph Running
8 37 Ryan Hunter-Reay 249 1 lap 1 lap 0:18.1746 177.082 mph Running
9 24 Graham Rahal 249 0.6879 0.6879 0:18.0842 177.968 mph Running
10 7 Danica Patrick 249 5.2413 5.9292 0:18.2214 176.627 mph Running
11 4 Dan Wheldon 249 0.5360 6.4652 0:18.0660 178.147 mph Running
12 77 Alex Tagliani 248 1 lap 2 laps 0:18.1752 177.076 mph Running
13 19 Alex Lloyd 248 2.0109 2.0109 0:18.1974 176.86 mph Running
14 2 Raphael Matos 247 1 lap 3 laps 0:18.2471 176.379 mph Running
15 26 Marco Andretti 244 3 laps 6 laps 0:17.9700 179.098 mph Running
16 34 Mario Romancini 244 1.0292 1.0292 0:18.3818 175.086 mph Running
17 36 Bertrand Baguette 237 7 laps 13 laps 0:18.2373 176.473 mph Running
18 10 Dario Franchitti 212 25 laps 38 laps 0:17.9696 179.102 mph Running
19 5 Takuma Sato 177 35 laps 73 laps 0:18.1072 177.741 mph Contact
20 06 Hideki Mutoh 131 46 laps 119 laps 0:18.5262 173.722 mph Handling
21 78 Simona de Silvestro 128 3 laps 122 laps 0:18.3630 175.265 mph Handling
22 67 Sarah Fisher 92 36 laps 158 laps 0:18.2715 176.143 mph Contact
23 18 Milka Duno 31 61 laps 219 laps 0:19.0234 169.181 mph Handling
24 22 Justin Wilson 0 31 laps 250 laps 0:00.0000 - Contact
25 32 Mario Moraes 0 0.4888 0.4888 0:00.0000 - Contact

Race Statistics
Time of Race: 1:42:12.4036
Winners average speed: 131.205
Margin of victory: 4.2030 seconds
Cautions: 4 for 51 laps
Lead changes: 16 among 7 drivers
Lap Leaders: Power 1-32, Andretti 33-44, Franchitti 45-54, Rahal 55-65, Franchitti 66-67,
Dixon 68-85, Franchitti 86-112, Dixon 113-115, Franchitti 116-119, Kanaan 120-135, Franchitti 136-145, Kanaan 146-180, Franchitti 181-195, Castroneves 196-198, Franchitti 199, Castroneves 200-239, Kanaan 240-250.
Point Standings: Power 274, Dixon 263, Franchitti 258, Castroneves 251, Briscoe 240, Kanaan 229, Hunter-Reay 225, Wilson 191, Andretti 184, Dan Wheldon 183

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