INDYCAR SERIES Rexall Grand Prix of EdmontonFinal
Dixon posts road course win at EdmontonJul 27, 2008 - 12:35 AM EDMONTON, Alberta (Ticker) -- Scott Dixon added a road course win Saturday to what is becoming a dominant IndyCar season.
The New Zealand native claimed his fifth win of 2008 for Target Chip Ganassi Racing, easily winning the Rexall Edmonton Indy in a timed race.
Dixon finished nearly five-plus seconds ahead of Helio Castroneves on the 1.973-mile course.
Castroneves, still looking for his first win of the season, kept the pressure on Dixon on the temporary airport circuit until late in the race, when he nearly slid off course on worn tires six laps from the end.
"I was doing everything I could, pushing, putting pressure (on Dixon) until my tires just gave up," said Castroneves who finished second for the seventh time this season. "You know, he never made a mistake."
Justin Wilson was third, followed by Oriol Servia and Canadian Paul Tracy.
In the other two road-course races this season, Dixon finished 22nd at St. Petersburg, then spun under caution at Watkins Glen and finished 11th.
"I think we've actually been decent on the road courses," Dixon said. "I just made a silly mistake at Watkins, and the other was a tough one."
Dixon's win increased his lead in the IndyCar standings to 65 points ahead of Castroneves and 115 over Dan Wheldon, who is third.
"I don't know what to do," Castroneves said. "I'll just keep working hard. It ain't over yet. It ain't over yet."
Pole-sitter Ryan Briscoe spun with 39 laps remaining and finished sixth, one spot ahead of Wheldon, who moved up one spot in the standings ahead of Tony Kanaan.
Kanaan was forced to start from the back of the field due to a post-qualifying engine change and finished ninth.
Kanaan was not the only Green Andretti Racing car to struggle. Marco Andretti hit Danica Patrick from behind late in the race, sending her off the course.
Andretti wound up 17th, one spot ahead of Patrick.