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Marco wins at Infineon.

Series rookie Marco Andretti scored his first IRL IndyCar win in Sunday's Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma at the Infineon Raceway.

Andretti, who started the 80-lap race from the outside of the front row, moved to the front of the field thanks to a well-timed fuel gamble from his Andretti-Green Racing team.

The driver of the #26 NYSE Dallara-Honda held off teammate Dario Franchitti in a final five lap sprint to the chequered flag to eclipse the disappointment of being pipped to the Indianapolis 500 and losing another potential win at Watkins Glen.

Vitor Meira completed the podium finishers with polesitter Scott Dixon fourth after leading the majority of the race only to fall foul of a faulty air jack during the final round of pitstops.

Helio Castroneves and Dan Wheldon finished fifth and sixth while Sam Hornish Jr, who went in to the race holding the championship lead, could only finish eighth after a mid race spin.

Castroneves now moves back to the head of the title race with a one-point margin over Hornish Jr with one round remaining. Wheldon and Dixon both remain in title contention but are 19 and 21 points behind respectively.


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Scott Dixon (left), driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, celebrates his victory Sunday, August 30, 2015, after winning the final Verizon IndyCar Series race of the season and the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series Driver`s Championship at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California. Joining him on the podium is Charlie Kimball, driver of the #83 Novolog Flexpen Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6 who finished third. Chevrolet won its fourth consecutive Verizon IndyCar Series Manufacturer`s Championship. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Scott Dixon, driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, takes the chequered flag Sunday, August 30, 2015, winning the final Verizon IndyCar Series race of the season and the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series Driver`s Championship at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California. Chevrolet also wins its fourth consecutive Verizon IndyCar Series Manufacturer`s Championship. (Photo by Perry Nelson/LAT for Chevy Racing)
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Scott Dixon - 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series champion - Target Chip Ganassi Racing (Photo by: Bret Kelley for IndyCar Media)

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