Dixon takes championship lead with Infineon victory
After dominating the entire race in the Motorola Indy 300 at Infineon Raceway bad luck came for Dario Franchitti. After a collision with his team mate Marco Andretti with only 11 laps remaining, Franchitti was overtaken by the rival Scott Dixon who won the race. With this victory Dixon took the lead of the championship with just two races remaining in the 2007 IndyCar Series.
Dario Franchitti started the race from the pole position and led 62 of the 80 laps. The problem appeared when his team mate Marco Andretti exited pit lane and entered uphill Turn Two. Andretti retired on the spot after the collision while his team mate continued with damage to his left front wing.
When the green flag appeared Dixon overtook Franchitti and kept the lead until the end of the race. Helio Castroneves overtook as well Franchitti and made several passing attempts to Dixon. But Castroneves hadn’t a chance in front of Dixon’s driving and he finished the race on the 2nd place. Dario Franchitti (Andretti Green Racing) followed them and finished the race on the 3rd place.
Tony Kanaan (Andretti Green Racing) finished the race on the 4th position and next to Dixon and Franchitti he remains one of the remaining contenders for the IndyCar Series drivers’ championship after Castroneves, Dan Wheldon and Sam Hornish Jr. were matematically eliminated this weekend
Next weekend the IndyCar series continues with the race from Belle Isle Park in downtown Detroit. It will be a tough race but it seems that Scott Dixon starts with an advantage and this might get him the victory of the race and in conclusion of the drivers’ championship.