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Dixon capitalises on Hornish error at Nashville.

Scott Dixon claimed his second IRL IndyCar Series victory of the year, capitalising on a rare mistake from Sam Hornish Jr to close the gap between the two at the head of the standings to just five points.

Dixon narrowly beat his Target Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Dan Wheldon to the line in Saturday's Firestone Indy 200 at the Nashville Superspeedway after inheriting the lead in the laps that followed Hornish's demise with some 70 of the 200 laps remaining.

The New Zealander then proceeded to hold off a sustained challenge from Wheldon and the resurgent Vitor Meira in the closing stages with Wheldon making several half attempts to get by his teammate in the final few laps around the 1.33-mile concrete Nashville oval.

However Dixon held firm to take his first win on an oval since his championship winning year in 2003 and reduce the deficit between him and Hornish Jr to five points at the head of the table.

Wheldon's runner-up finish keeps him fourth in the overall championship but the Englishman now finds himself less than 20 points behind Hornish Jr while Meira's fifth straight top six finish helps him into fifth place in the standings, 52 points behind Hornish Jr.

Danica Patrick put in one of her best performances of the season to take fourth place with Helio Castroneves rounding out the top five. Castroneves is third in the standings, six points behind his teammate.

Defending Nashville winner Dario Franchitti could only manage sixth place this time around with leading rookie Jeff Simmons seventh and Marco Andretti eighth.


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Scott Dixon, driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, celebrates having the fastest qualifying time Saturday, August 1, 2015, winning the pole for Sunday`s Verizon IndyCar Series race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. Dixon set a track record of 1:04.5814/125.869 mph. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Scott Dixon, driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, qualifies fastest Saturday, August 1, 2015, winning the pole for Sunday`s Verizon IndyCar Series race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. Dixon set a track record of 1:04.5814/125.869 mph. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Scott Dixon, driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, qualifies fastest Saturday, August 1, 2015, winning the pole for Sunday`s Verizon IndyCar Series race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. Dixon set a track record of 1:04.5814/125.869 mph. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Scott Dixon affixes the Verizon P1 Award emblem following qualifications for the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon wins the Verizon P1 Award for capturing the pole position for the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon and the Target Chip Ganassi Racing team take a selfie picture following their pole position for the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon affixes the Verizon P1 Award emblem to his Chevrolet after capturing the pole position for the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon wins the Verizon P1 Award for capturing the pole position for the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon enters Turn 1 during practice for the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon heads towards Turn 12 during practice for the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio (Photo by: Bret Kelley for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon rolls through the Carousel (Turn 12) during practice for the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio (Photo by: Bret Kelley for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon enters the Turn 2 Keyhole turn during practice for the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio -- Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media
Scott Dixon in action during practice for the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)

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