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May 27, 2012 | By Jim Peltz
INDIANAPOLIS - Scott Dixon led the Indianapolis 500 at the halfway point Sunday, and teammate Dario Franchitti surged back to second place after suffering early trouble in the pits. Ryan Hunter-Reay was running third, Graham Rahal fourth and Justin Wilson fifth at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on a clear, sticky day with temperatures hovering near 90 degrees. Marco Andretti was 11th and pole-sitter Ryan Briscoe was 15th. Dixon, who won the famed race in 2008, and Franchitti, a two-time winner of the Indy 500, both drive for the Chip Ganassi Racing team.
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February 4, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
IndyCar Series drivers are scheduled to hold a day-long test session next Monday at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana that's free to the public, the track said Tuesday. The testing session, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., is to prepare the teams for the MAVTV 500 at the two-mile oval speedway on Aug. 30, the season finale for the series. Drivers tentatively scheduled to take part include reigning IndyCar champion Scott Dixon, three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves, former Indy 500 winner Juan Pablo Montoya and last year's Indy 500 winner, Tony Kanaan.
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May 25, 2012 | By Jim Peltz
INDIANAPOLIS - Dario Franchitti and Scott Dixon ran the fastest laps Friday in final practice for Sunday's Indianapolis 500. Franchitti topped the speed chart at 222.360 mph on "Carb Day," a throwback term to past years when mechanics would make their final pre-race tune-ups to the engines' carburetors. Dixon, his teammate at Chip Ganassi Racing, was next at 222.274 mph. Marco Andretti was third at 221.702 mph around the rectangular, 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Franchitti is a two-time winner of the race, in 2007 and 2010, and Dixon won in 2008.
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October 20, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
As a youngster racing in his native New Zealand, Scott Dixon would drive with a pillow strapped to his behind because he was too short to see above the cockpit. Now the reserved Dixon, known as the "Iceman" because he prefers to let his racing do the talking, stands above all his peers after winning his third IndyCar series championship. As Team Penske driver Will Power was winning the MAVTV 500 on Saturday night at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Dixon finished fifth to capture the title by 27 points over Helio Castroneves.
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October 20, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
As a youngster racing in his native New Zealand, Scott Dixon would drive with a pillow strapped to his behind because he was too short to see above the cockpit. Now the reserved Dixon, known as the "Iceman" because he prefers to let his racing do the talking, stands above all his peers after winning his third IndyCar series championship. As Team Penske driver Will Power was winning the MAVTV 500 on Saturday night at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Dixon finished fifth to capture the title by 27 points over Helio Castroneves.
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August 26, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
  It's dangerous on pit row. During the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma, Will Power and Scott Dixon took pit stops at the same time. Power had to pull in at a sharp angle because Dixon's pit was right behind his, leaving the back end of his car sticking out just a smidgen. Both pit crews changed tires. Travis Law, a crew member for Power, was carrying a tire and walking around the back of Power's car when Dixon pulled out, with the left rear part of Dixon's car clipping Law, knocking him down and sending the tire flying.
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October 19, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
Scott Dixon won his third IndyCar championship Saturday night in a race that came down to mere survival. As Team Penske's Will Power won the race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Dixon finished fifth to win the title by 27 points over Power teammate Helio Castroneves. Dixon needed to only finish fifth or better in the MAVTV 500 to clinch the Izod IndyCar series championship. Castroneves finished sixth, one lap down to the leaders. But at least those two drivers saw the checkered flag.
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March 25, 2012 | Staff and wire reports
Helio Castroneves used a bold pass of Scott Dixon to win the IndyCar season opener Sunday through the streets of St. Petersburg, Fla., where he celebrated with a tribute to the late Dan Wheldon . Castroneves stopped his Penske Racing Chevrolet in Turn 10, which this year was renamed Dan Wheldon Way in honor of the two-time Indianapolis 500 winner. After climbing the fence, his traditional victory celebration, he ran to the street sign and patted it, then emotionally doubled over against the wall.
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April 11, 2011 | Wire reports
Will Power started up front and never relinquished his spot to win the Indy Grand Prix of Alabama on Sunday, capturing a race that escaped him last year and doing so without a misstep. "I can't think of a race where I've been so cool, so physically fine and where I had everything go so right," Power said. Power extended his wire-to-wire lead enough for some comfort in the final laps and finished 3.38 seconds ahead of Scott Dixon , and Dario Franchitti was third on the 2.38-mile road course at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham.
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April 13, 2012 | By Jim Peltz
Steady rain all but canceled Friday afternoon's one-hour practice session for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Reigning Izod IndyCar Champion Dario Franchitti drove one lap around the 1.97-mile course on the city's seaside streets, then pulled his car in for the day. Scott Dixon, his teammate at Target Chip Ganassi Racing, also attempted a lap but hit a large patch of standing water, spun and crashed lightly into the wall. No other drivers went out on the 11-turn course.
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October 19, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
Scott Dixon won his third IndyCar championship Saturday night in a race that came down to mere survival. As Team Penske's Will Power won the race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Dixon finished fifth to win the title by 27 points over Power teammate Helio Castroneves. Dixon needed to only finish fifth or better in the MAVTV 500 to clinch the Izod IndyCar series championship. Castroneves finished sixth, one lap down to the leaders. But at least those two drivers saw the checkered flag.
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October 18, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
The IndyCar title fight is down to two drivers but, given the series' record this year, the season finale at Fontana should be a much more wide-open affair. Ten drivers have won this year in the Izod IndyCar Series, including four first-time winners, ahead of Saturday night's MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway. Either Scott Dixon or Helio Castroneves will be crowned series champion after the race. Dixon, who already has two IndyCar titles, holds a 25-point lead over Castroneves, who is seeking his first championship.
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October 18, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
Team Penske swept the top three qualifying spots for the IndyCar season finale Saturday night at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana. Australian Will Power won the pole position for the MAVTV 500 on Friday with a two-lap average speed of 220.775 mph at the two-mile oval. He was followed by Helio Castroneves at 219.677 mph and A.J. Allmendinger at 218.894 mph. Castroneves trails Scott Dixon by 25 points in the championship battle, and Dixon -- who qualified seventh -- needs only to finish fifth or better to clinch the title, regardless of where Castroneves finishes.
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October 17, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
This year's IndyCar championship was Helio Castroneves' to lose, and he's nearly done just that. The Brazilian driver had a 49-point lead in the title standings with three races left in the season, only to have a disastrous double-header in Houston two weeks ago because of mechanical woes. So now Castroneves is 25 points behind Scott Dixon as the Izod IndyCar Series comes to Auto Club Speedway in Fontana for the season finale Saturday night. If Dixon finishes fifth or better in the MAVTV 500, the New Zealander will capture his third series title, regardless of how Castroneves finishes.
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October 10, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
IndyCar driver Dario Franchitti, who suffered multiple injuries in a racing crash in Houston, was released from a Houston hospital Thursday. The four-time series champion left Memorial Hermann Texas Medical Center for Indianapolis, where he's eventually expected to have a second surgery to his broken right ankle. Franchitti, 40, also suffered two spinal fractures and a concussion Sunday when his car went airborne and crashed into the catch-fence near the end of the race on a street course in Houston.
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October 6, 2013 | From staff and wire reports
Four-time IndyCar Series champion Dario Franchitti fractured two vertebrae, broke his right ankle and sustained a concussion when his car went airborne into a catch fence during the final lap of the Grand Prix of Houston on Sunday, with flying debris injuring 13 spectators and a series official. Franchitti was transported to a hospital where the three-time Indianapolis 500 winner would be held overnight, and a series official was treated for minor injuries. Houston Fire Department spokesman Ruy Lozano said 11 of the 13 injured fans were treated on site at Reliant Park.
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August 30, 2009 | Associated Press
Points leader Ryan Briscoe went wheel to wheel with fellow championship contender Scott Dixon on the last lap and came out on top, winning Saturday night's IndyCar series race at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., by only 0.0077 of a second. Dixon finished second by a nose, followed by Mario Moraes and another championship contender, Dario Franchitti -- keeping the series title fight tight going into the last two races of the season. Graham Rahal finished fifth. Briscoe's Penske Racing teammate, Helio Castroneves, appeared to break a suspension part and hit the wall with 16 laps to go. It was the fourth-closest finish in series history.
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October 4, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
Veteran IndyCar driver Tony Kanaan, winner of this year's Indianapolis 500, next year will join one of the sport's strongest teams, Chip Ganassi Racing. Ganassi announced that it signed the 38-year-old Brazilian to a multi-year deal to become the team's fourth driver. The others are four-time IndyCar champion Dario Franchitti, two-time title winner Scott Dixon and Charlie Kimball, a Camarillo native who won his first career IndyCar race this year at Mid-Ohio. "I couldn't be happier to join this organization," Kanaan said in a statement.
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