Auto racing: Dixon wins at Pocono, leads Ganassi sweep

2013-07-08T00:00:00Z Auto racing: Dixon wins at Pocono, leads Ganassi sweepThe Associated Press The Associated Press
July 08, 2013 12:00 am  • 

LONG POND, Pa. - Scott Dixon led a big day for Chip Ganassi Racing, leading a podium sweep for the team with a win Sunday at the IndyCar Series event at Pocono Raceway.

Dixon was followed by Ganassi teammates Charlie Kimball and Dario Franchitti in IndyCar's first race at Pocono since 1989.

Dixon's 30th career IndyCar victory was his first of the season. He struggled racing up front all season and had led only one lap, at the Indianapolis 500.

He caught a big break when Tony Kanaan clipped Dixon's car on a pass for the lead and was forced to pit road. Dixon dominated down the stretch of the 400-mile race and became IndyCar's eighth different winner in 11 races this season.

Andretti Autosport qualified three drivers on the front row. But James Hinchcliffe and Ryan Hunter-Reay were involved in accidents and Marco Andretti faded over the final laps.

This was the first time Ganassi swept a podium in any form of racing. It was the 100th win in all forms of motorsports for Chip Ganassi Racing and the 200th in IndyCar competition for Honda.

Vettel wins at home

NUERBURGRING, Germany - Pushed by a driver who may become his teammate, Sebastian Vettel finally won at home in Germany in a race that featured some scary moments Sunday.

The three-time defending Formula One champion surged ahead in his Red Bull by the first curve and then had to resist the challenge of two fast Lotus cars. He took the checkered flag a second ahead of Kimi Raikkonen, who is being mentioned as Vettel's possible colleague.

Vettel's 30th career victory extended his championship lead to 34 points over Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso, who finished fourth. Raikkonen moved up to third, 41 points behind Vettel.

The race had its share of bizarre incidents, including a loose wheel flying through the air in the pit lane and an abandoned car drifting on its own down the track.

Third place went to Romain Grosjean, Raikkonen's Lotus teammate.

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