Last Sunday the drivers of the IndyCar Series proved once again that the series could lay claim to some of the most breathtaking finishes in worldwide motorsports.

The Delphi Indy 300 at Chicagoland Speedway featured a photo finish in which Sam Hornish Jr. defeated Scott Dixon by just .0099 of a second in the third closest IndyCar Series race in history.

Bryan Herta finished third, just .0100 of a second behind Hornish and an unbelievable .0001 behind second-place Dixon. The .0100 margin from first to third was the closest 1-2-3 finish in the series history.

In all, 35 of the 85 IndyCar Series races have had a finish of less than a second. This year, eight races have had a margin of victory of less than a second, tying the record set in 2002.

And when it comes to winning those nail-biting races, no driver has had more success than two-time IndyCar Series champion Sam Hornish Jr.

Hornish has won the top three closest finishes in IndyCar Series history. In addition to this year's Chicago race, Hornish defeated Al Unser Jr. in 2002 at Chicago by .0024 of a second, the closest finish in history.

The week after Chicago, Hornish defeated Helio Castroneves by .0096 of a second at Texas Motor Speedway in the second-closest finish in history.

Hornish has been involved in 10 of the top-16 closest finishes in history and has a record of 5-5. He won the closest finish in history as well as the, second, third, sixth and seventh closest and has finished second in the fifth, 11th, 14th, 15th and 16th closest.

"I hate to lose, so I try to win as many races as I can," Hornish said. "I can't stand it, especially when I know that I did something wrong, not to be able to win the race."

The last two races of the 2003 season take place at California Speedway (Sept. 21) and Texas Motor Speedway (Oct. 15). In addition to last year's thrilling win at Texas, Hornish also won at Texas in Oct. 2001 when he defeated Scott Sharp by .0188 of a second, the sixth closest finish in IndyCar Series history. At California in 2002, Hornish defeated Jaques Lazier by .0281 of a second in the seventh-closest finish in IndyCar Series history.



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