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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
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36 Franck Montagny 8
Dixon leads Ganassi 1-2-3 to win Pocono Indy 400

by Brian Carroccio
Sunday, July 07, 2013

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Scott Dixon (c) won, but his two teammates Franchitti and Kimball made it a Ganassi 1-2-3
With an average speed of more than 192 miles-per-hour, Scott Dixon led a 1-2-3 finish for Chip Ganassi Racing in winning today's Pocono IndyCar 400 Fueled by Sunoco. It was first win of 2013 for the driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Honda, and thirtieth of his career. Teammate Charlie Kimball matched his career best finish, bringing the #83 NovoLog Flex Pen Honda home second. Dario Franchitti, with Energizer sponsorship on the #10 car this week, scored his first podium of the season finishing third, and completed the first ever 1-2-3 finish for Chip Ganassi Racing. 

Team Penske's Will Power was the top finisher for the Bowtie Brigade bringing the #12 Verizon Chevrolet home fourth. Josef Newgarden finished fifth, matching his career best in #67 SFH Racing/Rotondo Weirich Honda. Simon Pagenaud and Justin Wilson, also driving Hondas, finished sixth and seventh, respectively. 

The most dominant car on the day, however, belonged to Marco Andretti. The Nazareth, PA native and driver of the #25 RC Cola Chevrolet led from pole and seemed to be on his way to scoring what would have been an extremely popular win in front of the hometown crowd. 

Unfortunately, it was not to be. Andretti did not get the fuel mileage the Ganassi drivers did, and had to run the car leaner to prevent from making an extra pit stop. Despite having the fastest car, he finished tenth, running out of fuel as he came to the checkered flag. And Andretti's misfortune was only part of a forgettable day for Andretti Autosport that began with such promise. 

Canadian James Hinchcliffe lost control of the #27 Go-Daddy Chevrolet on lap 1, and hit the turn one wall, ending his day. Ryan Hunter-Reay ran in the top-3 early on, but was hit from behind on pit road by Takuma Sato on pit road. Hunter-Reay did bring the #1 DHL Chevrolet back on track and finished 20th. E.J Viso finished 21st in the last Andretti Autosport entry.

The race was distinguished by a blistering pace. While there were two caution periods early in the running for a total of 14 laps, the race went green from lap 71-160. Dixon pitted on lap 65 under the caution, and did not make his third pit stop until lap 100.  The 35-lap stint allowed the Kiwi to stretch his fuel mileage beyond some of the front-runners like Andretti, who pitted on lap #35.  Dixon would make his final stop on lap 130, and was able to hold off Kimball coming to the checkered flag. 

It should be noted that Dixon did come into contact with Tony Kanaan on Lap 107. The two were racing for the lead, and Kanaan clipped Dixon's left-rear wheel guard while passing him into turn one. The Brazilian got the worst end of the deal, and was forced to pit road for a new front wing, eliminating him from contention.

Of course, Kanaan, the winner of the Indianapolis 500, the only driver eligible to win the $1,000,000 Fuzzy's Triple Crown. Kanaan and Dixon will now be eligible to win a $250,000 bonus should either win the season finale at Auto Club Speedway. 

Also, with an eighth place finish Team Penske's Helio Castroneves stretched his championship lead to twenty-three points over Hunter-Reay. Andretti is third, 55 points behind Castroneves. Dixon, who became the seventh different winner in 2013, now sits fourth.   

Overall, IndyCar's return to The Tricky Triangle was a successful one. While official attendance estimates were not released, it is clear the track met its goals. The drivers raved about the layout, and the unique challenge it presents. Further, the fans in attendance seemed very happy to see Indy car racing back. 

Next up for the series will be a return to Exhibition Place in Toronto for a Saturday/Sunday doubleheader. The Saturday race will feature a standing start (we hear), while the Sunday race will see the traditional rolling start. 

Brian Carroccio reporting from Pocono

Results

Pos Driver No Led Laps Points Status Points Avg. Speed Stops
1 Scott Dixon 9 17 160 38 Running 51 192.864 4
2 Charlie Kimball 83 12 160 4 Running 41 192.852 4
3 Dario Franchitti 10 20 160 0 Running 35 192.833 4
4 Will Power 12 4 160 15 Running 33 192.718 4
5 Josef Newgarden 67 15 160 0 Running 30 192.678 5
6 Simon Pagenaud 77 8 160 0 Running 28 192.621 4
7 Justin Wilson 19 22 160 0 Running 26 192.521 4
8 Helio Castroneves 3 6 160 0 Running 24 192.504 4
9 Ed Carpenter 20 14 160 0 Running 22 192.463 5
10 Marco Andretti 25 1 160 88 Running 24 192.388 4
11 Simona De Silvestro 78 9 160 0 Running 19 192.039 5
12 James Jakes 16 13 160 0 Running 18 191.932 4
13 Tony Kanaan 11 5 160 15 Running 18 191.796 5
14 Ryan Briscoe 4 19 159 0 Running 16 191.261 5
15 Pippa Mann 18 21 159 0 Running 15 191.216 5
16 Sebastien Bourdais 7 11 159 0 Running 14 191.177 5
17 Alex Tagliani 98 24 158 0 Running 13 189.996 5
18 Graham Rahal 15 16 158 0 Running 12 189.556 4
19 Tristan Vautier 55 10 158 0 Running 11 189.517 6
20 Ryan Hunter-Reay 1 2 121 0 Laps 10 159.738 5
21 E.J. Viso 5 23 104 0 Laps 9 131.682 6
22 Takuma Sato 14 7 61 0 Contact 8 193.166 1
23 Sebastian Saavedra 6 18 2 0 Mechanical 7 14.521 0
24 James Hinchcliffe 27 3 0 0 Contact 6 0 0

Race Statistics
Winners average speed:  192.864
Time of Race: 02:04:26.4178
Margin of victory: 0.4572 of a second.
Cautions: 2 for 12 laps
Lead changes: 16 among five drivers

Lap Leaders:
Andretti 1 - 29
Kanaan 30 - 31
Power 32 - 33
Kimball 34
Andretti 35 - 60
Kanaan 61 - 62
Power 63 - 65
Kanaan 66 - 71
Andretti 72 - 94
Kanaan 95 - 96
Dixon 97 - 106
Kanaan 107 - 109
Power 110 - 111
Andretti 112 - 121
Power 122 - 129
Kimball 130 - 132
Dixon 133 - 160

Point Standings: Castroneves 356, Hunter-Reay 333, Andretti 301, Dixon 292, Hinchcliffe 272, Kanaan 271, Pagenaud 269, Wilson 253, Power 242, Sato 241.

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