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IndyCar: Dixon wins in Toronto
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IndyCar: Dixon wins in Toronto

Jul 15 2013, 6:06am CDT | by

Toronto, July 15 (IANS) The confetti was tossed and the bubbly was popped to celebrate New Zealand racing driver Scott Dixon's dominating victory at this weekend's IndyCar Championship here.

Toronto, July 15 — The confetti was tossed and the bubbly was popped to celebrate New Zealand racing driver Scott Dixon's dominating victory at this weekend's IndyCar Championship here. "Toronto has...

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IndyCar: Dixon wins in Toronto

Jul 15 2013, 6:06am CDT | by

Toronto, July 15 (IANS) The confetti was tossed and the bubbly was popped to celebrate New Zealand racing driver Scott Dixon's dominating victory at this weekend's IndyCar Championship here.

Toronto, July 15 — The confetti was tossed and the bubbly was popped to celebrate New Zealand racing driver Scott Dixon's dominating victory at this weekend's IndyCar Championship here.

"Toronto has always been a place I've wanted to win at, we've alluded it many times," Dixon said after Sunday's win.

Besides coming in at first place on Saturday, Dixon took away an easy victory early on in Sunday's 85-lap race. With a good 15-second gap between him and Helio Castroneves, who came in second, Dixon walked from this weekend's Honda Indy Toronto, one of the biggest sporting events in the province, with a big jump in points in the overall series, and two trophies.

"I think where we made big strides in the gap was over pitstops and in the outlets, we seemed to jump three or four seconds in one swoop," said Dixon.

Once again transforming one of Toronto's major city streets into an 11-turn, 2.84-km street course, the event, which has been going on since 1986, featured some unique additions this year.

For the first time since 2008, fans got to watch all the cars roar away from a standing start instead of the usual rolling start. Promotors also implemented the double-header race this weekend to amp up the excitement for fans, who got to see not only one, but two races this year.

All of this though meant a much more challenging race for drivers. Indy Toronto's president Charlie Johnstone likened it to "running a marathon."

"It's tough on the equipment, this is a tough track, but in one of the key markets in North America, this is where we want to try it," who added that the double-header will be tested out in other markets.

Dixon said all they can do is make the best out of the situation.

"It is tough when you maybe have missed a performance on a double-header weekend," he said. "Instead of having one bad weekend, you're really having two."

The thrills of IndyCars - which is much faster, bigger and more durable than Formula Ones - is a wildly popular sport in the U.S. But it's a different story in Canada, where IndyCar events are much sparser. With the Edmonton Indy scrapped last year, Toronto is now the only Canadian stop for the series.

Johnstone said expanding to other Canadian markets isn't easy.

"It's easy to want it, it's hard to actually do it," he explained. "The problem is you want to race in other places, but do you have another venue? Is there an area where we can do it in? 'Cause the logistics of putting on a world-class event in downtown streets are not obviously without its challenges."

Racers will be heading back to the US to continue competing in the series in Ohio next month, and face another double-header in Houston in September.

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Scott Dixon finishes IndyCar campaign in third

Aug 31 2014 4:07am CDT | Source: Stuff.co.nz

Three-time champion Scott Dixon has finished third in the 2014 IndyCar championship after taking second place in the final ...
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IndyCar: Tony Kanaan leads Ganassi 1-2, Will Power is 2014 champion

Aug 31 2014 12:06am CDT | Source: racer

Tony Kanaan, who dominated Iowa, looked a strong threat to Team Penske at Pocono and who has just completed his first season with Target Chip Ganassi Racing, ended 2014 with a flourish when he dominated the final two stints of the MAVTV 500 to take his first win for the No. 10 that his friend Dario Franchitti made so famous over the past five seasons. Kanaan generously dedicated the victory to the retired four-time champion. “I told Dario, ‘I hope you feel a big part of this win, ...
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IndyCar: Frightening crash mars final practice in Fontana

Aug 29 2014 9:57pm CDT | Source: racer

A sizeable crash involving three drivers brought an early end to Verizon IndyCar Series night practice at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Ca. Marco Andretti, Charlie Kimball and Mikhail Aleshin were involved in the turn 3 incident, with Aleshin’s No. 7 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda receiving the brunt of the damage. TV cameras showed a section of the fence had been ripped away and a wheel from a car – possibly Alesh ...
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2 days ago

IndyCar: Frightening crash mars final practice in Fontana

Aug 29 2014 9:57pm CDT | Source: racer

A sizeable crash involving three drivers brought an early end to Verizon IndyCar Series night practice at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Ca. Marco Andretti, Charlie Kimball and Mikhail Aleshin were involved in the turn 3 incident, with Aleshin’s No. 7 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda receiving the brunt of the damage. TV cameras showed a section of the fence had been ripped away and a wheel from a car – possibly Aleshin’s – left st ...
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IndyCar: Castroneves on pole, Power (almost) last at Fontana

Aug 29 2014 5:45pm CDT | Source: racer

Helio Castroneves struck the first blow in the championship showdown between himself and Team Penske teammate Will Power when he took pole position for tomorrow's MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway. Power, by contrast, struggled with his car's handling as he was among many drivers who discovered the 102degF heat left them with little downforce. He will start the crucial season finale from 21st on the grid. The cars sliding also meant the cars scrubbed the edge of their tire ...
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IndyCar: The 2014 Championship contenders

Aug 26 2014 1:12pm CDT | Source: racer

And then there were… five, theoretically. Yup the guys who finished first, second and third in Sonoma are respectively fifth, fourth and third in the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series points table, heading to this Saturday night’s MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway, Fontana. In reality though, reigning champion Scott Dixon is toast, as he’d need championship leader Will Power to eat a bad clam on Saturday afternoon and not make the start of the race. Even then ...
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6 days ago

IndyCar: The 2014 Championship contenders

Aug 26 2014 11:38am CDT | Source: racer

And then there were… five, theoretically. Yup the guys who finished first, second and third in Sonoma are respectively fifth, fourth and third in the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series points table, heading to this Saturday night’s MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway, Fontana. In reality though, reigning champion Scott Dixon is toast, as he’d need championship leader Will Power to eat a bad clam on Saturday afternoon and not make the start of the race. Even then, Dixi ...
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6 days ago

IndyCar: The 2014 Championship contenders

Aug 26 2014 11:38am CDT | Source: racer

And then there were… five, theoretically. Yup the guys who finished first, second and third in Sonoma are respectively fifth, fourth and third in the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series points table, heading to this Saturday night’s MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway, Fontana. In reality though, reigning champion Scott Dixon is toast, as he’d need championship leader Will Power to eat a bad clam on Saturday afternoon a ...
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1 week ago

Victory at Sonoma just the tonic for Dixon

Aug 25 2014 7:56am CDT | Source: Crash.Net Motorsports

Overcoming illness and earthquakes at Sonoma and a poor start to the season for Ganassi, Scott Dixon is certain they're on the way ...
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INDY: Dixon wins puzzling Sonoma race

Aug 24 2014 6:30pm CDT | Source: MOTORSPORTS news

Scott Dixon emerged victorious from a bizarre Sonoma IndyCar race, while Will Power recovered from a mishap to salvage 10th and maintain the points lead into next weekend's Fontana finale ...
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