Scott Dixon Wins Race 1 at Toronto

9Scott Dixon continued to climb his way back into the title fight on Saturday. He won Race 1 of the Honda Indy Toronto today, his second win in a row. Dixon got around Sebastien Bourdais with 8 laps remaining and never looked back. Dario Franchitti joined Dixon and Bourdais on the podium, despite being given a 25 second penalty for blocking after the race. Marco Andretti and Tony Kanaan rounded out the top 5.

It was a rough day for Will Power and Ryan Hunter-Reay. Power led 24 laps in the race, but put himself in the tire barriers on the final lap trying to get around Franchitti for 3rd place. Instead, he finished in 15th position. Hunter-Reay stalled the car twice in the pits, and found the tire barrier in the closing laps.

It was a disastrous season until last weekend’s race at Pocono for Chip Ganassi. There, they finished 1-2-3 for the first time in team history. Dixon and Franchitti have finished 1st and 3rd in the past 2 races. They will likely keep their wave of momentum going on Sunday.

Franchitti started on pole for today’s event, and Dixon won the pole for tomorrow’s race. They will both start on the front row on Sunday, for the first time since Homestead in 2010.

Today’s race was supposed to be the first standing start in the history of the IndyCar Series. Unfortunately, Josef Newgarden had an issue with his car, and the standing start was aborted. IndyCar announced they will try again on Sunday. Ryan Briscoe injured his wrist when he got collected in an incident. His X-rays show he has a broken wrist.

Tomorrow’s race will air on NBC Sports Network at 3 PM ET. Dixon and Franchitti start on row 1, Castroneves and Hunter-Reay in row 2, and Power and Kanaan in row 3. The 85-lap race will also award full points. Castroneves currently leads the championship standings by 39 points over Hunter-Reay. Dixon sits in 3rd, just 42 points behind Helio.

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