2 May 2010
Dixon leads Ganassi 1-2 sweep at Kansas
Scott Dixon wins his first race of the season - and shows again why Target Chip Ganassi Racing 'owns' Kansas Speedway.
Scott Dixon won the Road Runner Turbo Indy 300 for the second consecutive year on Saturday, giving Target Chip Ganassi Racing its fourth victory in a row on the 1.5-mile Kansas Speedway.
Dixon held off team-mate Dario Franchitti over the final six laps after a re-start in the first oval race of the season.
"This win is huge. Winning at Kansas going into the month of May is a big deal," said Dixon. "Team Target has had a slow start to the season, but this is what we need. It's certainly good to get that momentum going to Indy."
Andretti Autosport's Tony Kanaan meanwhile improved eleven positions to finish third and Helio Castroneves was fourth.
"I have to thank the whole 7-Eleven crew for the great stops. It was a great race," Kanaan noted. "We did what we could. We definitely didn't have the fastest car out there so we tried to maximise the result. Qualifying really doesn't matter at this place. I hope the fans enjoyed it. I want to thank them for coming and it's a good way to lead into Indianapolis."
"It was a good start for us on the ovals. We ran clean, we ran strong and we ran inside the top-five most of the day," Castroneves continued. "We lost a couple of positions at the end there, but there was so much traffic and the car really changed. It's pretty tough out there. You can't blink or you might lose your spot. We were able to get into a good rhythm today and I think we created some good momentum for the month of May. At the end of the day, it was a positive result for Team Penske."
Further down the order, Ryan Hunter-Reay, driving the #37 IZOD car for Andretti Autosport, moved up 17 spots from his starting position to finish fifth.
"It was a fight out there, for sure. It was really, really tough," Hunter-Reay reflected. "The IZOD guys did a great job on the stops. We had a car that was manageable, but it was a little loose. I almost lost it out there a couple times, but almost doesn't count. We brought it home and this was good for the championship. Now, we just need to go get the funding to go past Indy."
Pole sitter Ryan Briscoe in the #6 Team Penske car had to settle for sixth followed by KVRT's Mario Moraes and Alex Tagliani in the #77 FAZZT Race Team entry.
"We had a bit of a tough day out there today," Briscoe said. "We got out of sequence when we lost a wheel and that left us short a set of sticker tyres. It was an exciting race and we probably passed more cars than anyone else out there. Considering the day we had, I feel pretty good that we were able to finish on the lead lap and bring home a top-six finish with the #6 Team Penske car. Hopefully we can learn from today and go into the Indianapolis 500 in good shape."
Of the rest, John Andretti was ninth, while Vitor Meira, Danica Patrick and Will Power filled positions 10 to 12.
The IZOD IndyCar Series now gears up for its biggest race of the season, the Indy 500 on May 30.
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