Pocono IndyCar 400 2013 Results: Reaction, Leaders and Post-Race Analysis

Donald Wood@@Donald_WoodFeatured ColumnistJuly 7, 2013

LONG POND PA - JULY 6: Scott Dixon of New Zealand drives the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda during practice for the Pocono INDYCAR 400 at Pocono Raceway on July 6, 2013 in Long Pond Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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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

Pos Driver Car # Started
1 Scott Dixon 9 17
2 Charlie Kimball 83 12
3 Dario Franchitti 10 20
4 Will Power 12 4
5 Josef Newgarden 67 15
6 Simon Pagenaud 77 8
7 Justin Wilson 19 22
8 Helio Castroneves 3 6
9 Ed Carpenter 20 14
10 Marco Andretti 25 1
11 Simona de Silvestro 78 9
12 James Jakes 16 13
13 Tony Kanaan 11 5
14 Ryan Briscoe 4 19
15 Pippa Mann 18 21
16 Sebastien Bourdais 7 11
17 Alex Tagliani 98 24
18 Graham Rahal 15 16
19 Tristan Vautier 55 10
20 Ryan Hunter-Reay 1 2
21 E.J. Viso 5 23
22 Takuma Sato 14 7
23 Sebastian Saavedra 6 18
24 James Hinchcliffe 27 3

*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.

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

1Helio CastronevesTeam Penske356-
2Ryan Hunter-ReayAndretti Autosport33323
3Marco AndrettiAndretti Autosport30155
4Scott DixonTarget Chip Ganassi Racing29165
5James HinchcliffeAndretti Autosport27284
6Tony KanaanKV Racing Technology27185
7Simon PagenaudSchmidt Hamilton HP Motorsports26987
8Justin WilsonDale Coyne Racing253103
9Will PowerTeam Penske242114
10Takuma SatoA.J. Foyt Enterprises241115

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.


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