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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]
Scott Dixon, driver of the #9 Degree Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet V6 IndyCar, raced to a sixth-place finish Saturday, June 27, 2015, in the Verizon IndyCar Series race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Scott Dixon climbs into his car on pit road for his qualifying run during qualifications for the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon on pit lane after qualifications for the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Richard Dowdy for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon enters Turn 3 during practice for the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon on pit lane following practice for the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Richard Dowdy for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon, Ed Carpenter, and Tony Kanaan go three-wide during practice for the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Richard Dowdy for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon climbs in for a shakedown lap in the wet. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon sets up for Turn 5 during practice for the Honda Indy Toronto (Photo by: Richard Dowdy for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon celebrates his victory in the Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday, May 6 2015. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon, driver of the #9 Energizer Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet V6 IndyCar, celebrates his victory with teammate Tony Kanaan Saturday, June 6, 2015, after winning the Verizon IndyCar Series Firestone 600 race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. Canaan, driver of the #10 NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet finished in second-place. (Photo by Russell LaBounty/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Scott Dixon, driver of the #9 Energizer Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet V6 IndyCar, celebrates his victory Saturday, June 6, 2015, after winning the Verizon IndyCar Series Firestone 600 race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Russell LaBounty/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Scott Dixon, driver of the #9 Energizer Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet V6 IndyCar, races to victory Saturday, June 6, 2015, taking the chequered flag at the Verizon IndyCar Series Firestone 600 race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Scott Dixon, driver of the #9 Energizer Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet V6 IndyCar, races to victory Saturday, June 6, 2015, winning the Verizon IndyCar Series Firestone 600 race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Russell LaBounty/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Scott Dixon with a sigh of relief in Victory Circle following his win in the Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday, May 6 2015. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon celebrates his victory in the Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday, May 6 2015. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)

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