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Dixon repeats amidst Glen chaos.

Target Chip Ganassi Racing's Scott Dixon survived numerous caution periods as well as pre-race and late race rain showers to win the Watkins Glen Indy Grand Prix for the second successive year.

Dixon survived a rain-affected final restart to win a shortened 55-lap race by more than two seconds over Panther Racing's Vitor Meira with IRL IndyCar Series returnee Ryan Briscoe completing the podium for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing.

The 3.37-mile Watkins Glen International road course proved a massive challenge on an overcast day in upper state New York with more than half of the 19 car starting field sampling the scenery at one point or other. As a result of the excess spinnery the race was reduced by five laps in order to fit into the allotted two-hour time limit.

While Dixon was a contender throughout the race, several drivers will be ruing either mistakes by themselves, others or just plain misfortune with the way the caution periods fell.

Buddy Rice, one of many to spin, played the strategy game well to finish fourth with Felipe Giaffone taking AJ Foyt Racing's best result in several years with fifth place.

Ed Carpenter stayed out of trouble to finish sixth with polesitter Helio Castroneves seventh after getting caught out with the repeated intervention of the safety car.

Danica Patrick recovered from a final turn brush with the barriers to take eighth place while Tomas Scheckter led convincingly during the early stages and lost a guaranteed fourth place with a spin on the last lap.

Tony Kanaan was another contender for the win but spun twice in the closing stages as the rain that left the track soaked before the start returned for the final ten laps. The Brazilian Andretti-Green Racing driver finished eleventh, one place ahead of Sam Hornish Jr who also spun.

Dario Franchitti and mid-race leader Dan Wheldon both retired with mechanical problems with Wheldon breaking a half shaft as he left the pits following his final pitstop.

Indy 500 rookie sensation Marco Andretti was in sparkling form as he battled in and around the top five before being taken out by an errant Eddie Cheever on lap 39.




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Scott Dixon, Target Chip Ganassi Racing Panoz-Honda, Homestead spring training 2006.
Vitor Meira - Panther Racing Dallara-Honda   [Pic credit: IRL media/Shawn Payne]
Ryan Briscoe. [Pic Credit IRL Ron McQueeney]
Ryan Briscoe (left), driver of the #8 NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, talks with teammate Tony Kanaan, driver of the #10 TNT Energy Drink Ganassi Racing Chevrolet V6, during qualifying Friday, July 11, 2014 for Saturday`s race at the Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa. Briscoe qualified fourth, Kanaan second and teammate Scott Dixon, driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6 won the pole. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Scott Dixon, driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6 celebrates winning the pole Friday, July 11, 2014 for Saturday`s race at the Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa. Dixon will start in the front row with teammate Tony Kanaan, driver of the #10 TNT Energy Drink Ganassi Racing Chevrolet V6, who qualified second. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Scott Dixon, driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6 wins the pole Friday, July 11, 2014 for Saturday`s race at the Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa. Dixon will start in the front row with teammate Tony Kanaan, driver of the #10 TNT Energy Drink Ganassi Racing Chevrolet V6, who qualified second. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
The eyes of Scott Dixon look down track prior to practice for the Iowa Corn Indy 300 at Iowa Speedway (Photo by: Shawn Gritzmacher for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon on course during practice for the Iowa Corn Indy 300 at Iowa Speedway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon celebrates taking pole position for the Iowa Corn Indy 300 presented by DEKALB at Iowa Speedway on Friday July 12 2014. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon celebrates taking pole position for the Iowa Corn Indy 300 presented by DEKALB at Iowa Speedway on Friday July 12 2014. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon celebrates taking pole position for the Iowa Corn Indy 300 presented by DEKALB at Iowa Speedway on Friday July 12 2014. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon celebrates taking pole position for the Iowa Corn Indy 300 presented by DEKALB at Iowa Speedway on Friday July 12 2014. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon celebrates taking pole position for the Iowa Corn Indy 300 presented by DEKALB at Iowa Speedway on Friday July 12 2014. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon celebrates taking pole position for the Iowa Corn Indy 300 presented by DEKALB at Iowa Speedway on Friday July 12 2014. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon on course during practice for the Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon`s wrecked car (Photo by: Bret Kelley for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon competing in the Tag Heuer Pit Stop Competition (Photo by: Walter Kuhn for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon wins the Tag Heuer Pit Stop Competition (Photo by: Jim Haines for IndyCar Media)

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