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Toyota Indy 300: Adrian's win, Tony's title.

Not so long ago Cheever Racing was becoming frustrated at hot property Tomas Scheckter's ability to become involved in big accidents, and the South African's current Panther squad must be enduring similar frustrations as yet another race ends with no result but a wrecked car. This time Scheckter was blameless, faced with nowhere to go after newcomer Tomas Enge spun the #20 Patrick Racing Dallara-Chevrolet, the pair colliding and hitting the turn four wall hard just one lap after the green had flown following Barron's accident. "I don't know exactly what happened," said Enge. "I was not very close to other cars ahead of me, as I had been earlier. I spun very quickly, but maybe it was a puncture and probably my mistake."

All this set up a one-lap sprint to the finish, Kanaan leading but Fernadez now ahead of Hornish, Castroneves and Rice. At the green Fenrandez went to the high side around turn two, and nosed ahead of Kanaan to take his second victory in a row - by 0.0183 of a second. "On the restart, I got sideways," grinned Adrian in victory lane. "I put so much power on. I wanted to get Tony (Kanaan) so bad, that I got sideways. I knew I had a stronger car. Tony really respected my line, and it was great. It was so close."

Kanaan was not disappointed at all, having sewn up the IRL title in style, while amazingly Wheldon fought his way back into third place, taking Franchitti, Rice and both Penskes in the space of a lap. "It was a tough race for us," Kanaan argued afterwards. "It probably didn't look that tough because we had a great car. I'm so excited for the team. I did some donuts over (in Turn 2) for (late driver) Greg Moore. He's still in my heart. My dad who couldn't be here, but it's a happy day, not a sad day. I have great teammates and great sponsors, 7-Eleven and Honda. It's a dream come true. Now I can relax a little bit."

Wheldon was happy for his team-mate; "That right there is a champion on the track and a champion off the track," he said of Kanaan, adding, "He'll represent the title like no one else." But the IRL's top Brit was also smarting over his penalty; "I think (IRL Sr. Vice President for Racing Operations) Brian Barnhart made a very bad call. I think when he makes a call like that he should go to the workshop and meet with my engineer and look over the data. I have a lot of respect for the guy, but the decision was very wrong."

Wheldon has one more chance for glory, and Kanaan the chance to relax and race for the fun of it, in the series finale on October 17, the Chevy 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. We of course will have the full story on crash.net.


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Kanaan celebrates with his team after taking the IRL title
Fernandez beat Kanaan by a nose for his second successive IRL win.
Scheckter`s California race again ended in the wall.
Tony Kanaan`s wrecked car is craned away during the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday May 24 2015. (Photo by: Jim Haines for IndyCar Media)
Tony Kanaan in Gasoline Alley at Indianapolis Motor Speedway during practice on Friday May 15 2015. (Photo by: Jim Haines for IndyCar Media)
Tony Kanaan and Scott Dixon at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for practice on Wednesday May 13 2015.(Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon, driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V-6, celebrates his victory Sunday, April 19, 2015 after winning the Verizon IndyCar Series Grand Prix of Long Beach in the streets of Long Beach, California. (Photo by Russell LaBounty/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Chevrolet sweeps the podium as Juan Pablo Montoya (l to r), driver of the #2 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet V-6 IndyCar; Scott Dixon, driver of the #9 Target Verizon Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet V-6 and Helio Castroneves, driver of the #3 Automobile Club of Southern California Team Penske Chevrolet V-6, celebrate Saturday, April 18, 2015 after finishing third, first and second in the Verizon IndyCar Series Grand Prix of Long Beach through the streets of Long Beach, California. (Photo by Russell LaBounty/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Scott Dixon, driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6 pumps his fist as he crosses the finish line, winning the Verizon IndyCar Series Grand Prix of Long Beach on Sunday, April 19, 2015 in the streets of Long Beach, California. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Scott Dixon, driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6 races to victory Sunday, April 19, 2015 winning the Verizon IndyCar Series Grand Prix of Long Beach in the streets of Long Beach, California. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Helio Castroneves and Scott Dixon lead the field into Turn 1 during the start of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Sunday April 19 2015. (Photo by: Richard Dowdy for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon enters Turn 3 during the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Sunday April 19 2015. (Photo by: Richard Dowdy for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon navigates the fountain turn complex during the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Sunday April 19 2015. (Photo by: Richard Dowdy for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon wins the 41st Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Sunday April 19 2015. (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
The confetti flies in Victory Lane for Scott Dixon, Helio Castroneves, and Juan Pablo Montoya on Sunday April 19 2015. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon celebrates in Victory Lane following his win in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Sunday April 19 2015. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon drinks the champagne following his win in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Sunday April 19 2015. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon drinks the champagne following his win in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Sunday April 19 2015. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)

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