In one of the most exciting IndyCar races of the 2013 season, Scott Dixon stole the show on Sunday in the Pocono IndyCar 400 by driving his No. 9 car to victory lane.
Charlie Kimball was able to give Dixon everything he could handle but ended up finishing second just in front of eventual third-place finisher Dario Franchitti.
Simon Pagenaud finished fourth and Will Power managed a fifth-place finish.
Here is a look at the full results:
Full 2013 Pocono 400 Results
|11||Simona de Silvestro||78||9|
*All stats and standings via IndyCar.com.
With the excitement of the Pocono race engulfing the fans of the sport, the expectations for the top drivers were through the roof. One of those drivers was James Hinchcliffe, but after a second-lap crash, the Go Daddy driver was forced out of the race early.
Hinchcliffe told the Miami Herald about the wreck: “It's devastating. I feel bad for the team.”
The second caution of the day came out as Ryan Hunter-Reay and Takuma Sato got tangled up on pit lane, but the teams were back racing by Lap 71.
Pole-sitter Marco Andretti led for most of the first 100 laps—allowing several others to gain a temporary lead as the green-flag pit stops made their rounds—but was shuffled back in the pack during the latter stages of the event.
With gas mileage becoming a problem, Andretti’s fuel-saving issues became a major storyline and resulted in a 10th-place finish.
Veteran driver Will Power eventually found his way to the lead as Tony Kanaan was forced a lap down, but Andretti was still one of the fastest drivers on the track.
After another set of green-flag pit stops, the field was completely shuffled once again, leaving another veteran in Scott Dixon to take the lead late in the event.
Scott Dixon passes Kimball for lead, while Pagenaud pounces up to 4th. Honda positioned 1-2-3-4 plenty of surprises at Pocono! #IndyCar— Joel Sebastianelli (@JJSebastianelli) July 7, 2013
While the field tried to attack Dixon’s lead, it was the IndyCar legend that was strong enough to hold on for the victory.
2013 IndyCar Championship Standings
|1||Helio Castroneves||Team Penske||356||-|
|2||Ryan Hunter-Reay||Andretti Autosport||333||23|
|3||Marco Andretti||Andretti Autosport||301||55|
|4||Scott Dixon||Target Chip Ganassi Racing||291||65|
|5||James Hinchcliffe||Andretti Autosport||272||84|
|6||Tony Kanaan||KV Racing Technology||271||85|
|7||Simon Pagenaud||Schmidt Hamilton HP Motorsports||269||87|
|8||Justin Wilson||Dale Coyne Racing||253||103|
|9||Will Power||Team Penske||242||114|
|10||Takuma Sato||A.J. Foyt Enterprises||241||115|
Full standings via SPEED TV.
Next weekend’s IndyCar will take place at the Toronto Street Circuit, as the best drivers in the world bring their talent north of the border for the two Honda Indy Toronto Races on Saturday, July 13, and Sunday, July 14.
Both races are televised on NBC Sports Network at 3:40 p.m. ET each day.