Entering the race weekend at Pocono two weeks ago, one of the biggest story lines of the 2013 IndyCar season was the struggles of Chip Ganassi’s race team. Leave it to Scott Dixon to do something about that. He won his 3rd race in a row on Sunday, this one in dominating fashion. For sweeping both races at Toronto, “The Iceman” earned himself a nice $100,000 bonus. Dixon had as close to a perfect race on Sunday as a driver could ask for.
Dixon’s win from pole position was impressive. Helio Castroneves finished 2nd and remains the championship leader heading into the next race at Mid-Ohio. Sebastien Bourdais finished 3rd, giving Dragon Racing their 2nd podium of the weekend. Dario Franchitti and EJ Viso rounded out the top 5 on Sunday.
It was a weekend to forget for Helio’s teammate, Will Power. In both races, he ran up front all day, only to lose it all in the final laps. Power and Ryan Hunter-Reay got tangled on a double-file restart at the end of the race. After Ryan’s problems on Saturday, both of these drivers are probably looking forward to leaving Canada. They finished 18th and 19th on Sunday.
Dixon has moved himself into 2nd place in the standings, with 6 races left in the season. He trails Castroneves by 29 points. Dixon now stands alone in 7th place on IndyCar’s all-time wins list. The 6 drivers ahead of him are named Foyt, Andretti, and Unser.
Dixon led 81 of the 85 laps, and had a 16-second lead at one point in the race. The 3rd Ganassi car, driven by Charlie Kimball, finished 6th on Sunday. It wasn’t a great return home for James Hinchcliffe, who had mechanical issues before the start of the race. The standing start went well though, which we should see another one in Houston later on in the year.
After a hectic schedule in the past few months, the series will finally get some much needed time off. Dixon is on a roll, but he will have to wait for his opportunity for a 4th win in a row. The next race is in 3 weeks, at Mid-Ohio. There is another 3 week break after that race. The Honda Indy 200 is scheduled for August 4, and will air at 3 PM ET on NBC Sports Network.