Honda Indy Toronto Race 1 2013 Results: Reaction, Leaders and Post-Race Analysis
Scott Dixon held on for his second consecutive IndyCar victory in the opening race of a unique doubleheader at the Honda Indy Toronto on Saturday at Exhibition Place.
The outcome looked to be well in Dixon's favor with five laps to go, but a late caution brought on by Alex Tagliani's mishap allowed the rest of the pack to catch up to the two-time IndyCar Series champion.
As it turned out, the caution was lifted on the 84th of the 85-lap thrill ride, and the 32-year-old veteran clearly had plenty left in the tank, exploding immediately from the restart and eventually claiming victory by 1.7007 seconds.
The race's official Twitter captured the New Zealand native's moment of glory in Victory Lane:
Below is an overview of the results from Saturday's top finishers, and for the complete standings, visit IndyCar.com:
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This marked Dixon's 31st career open-wheel victory on the circuit and his first back-to-back wins since 2008 in what was his 151st consecutive start, according to the NBC Sports Network telecast.
It had been a mostly solid 2013 campaign for Dixon, but he's clearly showing the form to vie for yet another championship. This marked his sixth top-five finish thus far, and Dixon discussed how pleased he was to bounce back from an adverse beginning to the year:
Sebastien Bourdais had to be rather disappointed to start second only to remain there in the end, as he was searching for his maiden IndyCar win. Still, it was a solid result for the Dragon Racing team's No. 7 car:
A humorous moment occurred at the podium when Bourdais accidentally dropped and broke his trophy:
Matters weren't so funny for apparent third-place finisher Dario Franchitti, though. For the second consecutive week, it appeared that Dixon's Target Chip Ganassi Racing teammate would be in third position.
Unfortunately, Franchitti was found to have blocked Will Power—who hit a pile of tires before the wall on the final lap—and the time penalty dropped him all the way to 13th:
Franchitti moved to 13th, issued a 25 second penalty #2inTO— Honda Indy Toronto (@hondaindy) July 13, 2013
Nevertheless, the win will give Dixon a boost in the IndyCar standings, although points leader Helio Castroneves held his lead at the top for the seventh straight race by finishing fifth.
Castroneves will start third in the next race, as superstars in Marco Andretti and Tony Kanaan managed to finish out in front of him.
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