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Scott Dixon scores third consecutive IndyCar win

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Scott Dixon tied an IndyCar Series record and futher closed on the championship points lead with his third consecutive victory of 2007 in the Honda Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. His victory, following wins at Watkins Glen and Nashville SuperSpeedway in the two previous weeks, ties the IndyCar mark of three consecutive victories previously recorded by Kenny Brack in 1998 and Dan Wheldon in 2005.

It also moved Dixon to within 24 points of series leader Dario Franchitti, who continued his own string of strong results with his fifth consecutive top-three finish.

Scott Dixon scores third consecutive IndyCar win

After qualifying on the outside of the third row in sixth position, Dixon successfully dodged a mult-car accident at the start involving Tony Kanaan, Danica Patrick and Marco Andretti, with the Target Chip Ganassi Racing driver moving all the way up to second in the process. Andretti was eliminated in the slow roll that resulted from the contact between the three Andretti Green Racing entries, but both Kanaan and Patrick would recover for top-five finishes.

Scott Dixon scores third consecutive IndyCar win

Dixon followed early leader Helio Castroneves for the first 29 laps, then began trading the lead with Castroneves and Kanaan, who was running an alternative fuel strategy to gain track position. As the majority of the field made the second of its three scheduled pit stops, Kanaan stayed out and built up a 10-second lead prior to his own final stop on Lap 60. But the advantage was not enough, as Kanaan resumed in sixth place and ultimately placed fourth, just behind Castroneves at the finish.

Scott Dixon scores third consecutive IndyCar win

Teammate Franchitti tried a similar tactic, with slightly better results. The Indianapolis 500 winner built up a 16.2-second lead as he stretched his final pit stop to Lap 76, but resumed in second behind Dixon, who ran his own series of qualifying-speed laps to take the lead for the final nine laps, taking the checkers just over two and a half seconds ahead of Franchitti.

After falling back to ninth in the opening-lap incident, Danica Patrick climbed back to a fifth place finish, her IndyCar career-best road course finish. Driving for a resurgent A.J. Foyt Racing, Darren Manning completed the top six with his best road course result of 2007. In a strong debut with Rahal Letterman Racing, Ryan Hunter-Reay finished seventh in his first IndyCar Series race.

Scott Dixon scores third consecutive IndyCar win

The event completed a swing of IndyCar races on five consecutive race weekends, including two road courses, two short ovals and one super speedway. After a one-week break, the series resumes with its final five races over six weekends, starting with the Michigan Indy 400 on August 5.



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