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Scott Dixon, of New Zealand, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the Pocono IndyCar 400 race Sunday in Long Pond, Pa.
Sunday, July 7, 2013
LONG POND, Pa. - Scott Dixon felt like his losing streak stretched as long as IndyCar's absence from Pocono.
After 24 years, the series returned to the triangle track.
And it was a big welcome back to Victory Lane for Dixon. Dixon enjoyed it so much, he even had two of his teammates tag along on the podium.
Dixon led a monster day for Chip Ganassi Racing, leading a podium sweep for the team with a win Sunday at the IndyCar Series event at Pocono Raceway. He was followed by Ganassi teammates Charlie Kimball and Dario Franchitti in IndyCar's first race at Pocono since 1989.
Ganassi was waiting when Dixon hopped out of the No. 9 Honda.
"I said to him, 'This morning, I didn't think we'd be sitting here,'" Dixon said. "To say the least, it was a little bit of a shock."
Dixon struggled this season to make a serious run at wins and had led only one lap, at the Indianapolis 500. He led the final 27 at Pocono for his 30th career IndyCar victory. He snapped a 13-race winless streak that dated to the Aug. 12, 2012 race at Mid-Ohio.
"It has been a tough year," Dixon said. "We've had some great races and we've had a lot of bad ones. That's motor racing, man."
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.
Vettel wins 1st GP at home
NUERBURGRING, Germany - Three-time defending Formula One champion Sebastian Vettel surged to the lead in his Red Bull at the start of the German Grand Prix on Sunday and held off a strong challenge from the two Lotus cars to win his first race on home soil.
There were no tire blowouts but the race had its share of bizarre incidents, with a loose wheel flying through the air in the pit lane and an abandoned car drifting on its own down the track.
Vettel started second behind pole-sitter Lewis Hamilton and powered past the Mercedes driver into the first bend.
The German then held off the Lotus pair of Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean for his fourth win of the season. Raikkonen was second and Grosjean third. Ferrari's Fernando Alonso took fourth.
Johnny Gray edges Ron Capps for funny car title
NORWALK, Ohio - Johnny Gray won his fourth Funny Car title of the year on Sunday at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals.
Gray and Ron Capps drove their Dodge Chargers to identical times of 4.103 seconds in the championship round. But Gray posted the quicker reaction time to get the victory. Matt Hagan was sixth.
Khalid alBalooshi (Top Fuel), Mike Edwards (Pro Stock) and Matt Smith (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also won.
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