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Results
Pocono IndyCar 400
At Pocono Raceway
Top 5 finishers
1. Scott Dixon…Honda
2. Charlie Kimball…Honda
3. Dario Franchitti…Honda
4. Will Power…Chevrolet
5. Josef Newgarden…Honda
Top 5 points
1. Helio Castroneves…356
2. Ryan Hunter-Reay…–23
3. Marco Andretti…–55
4. Scott Dixon…–65
5. James Hinchcliffe…–84
Associated Press
Scott Dixon, center, snapped a 13-race winless streak by winning the Pocono IndyCar 400 on Sunday in Long Pond, Pa.

Dixon leads team sweep at Poconos

– 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, who 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 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.

Kanaan lost his bid at the Triple Crown when he clipped his front wing on Dixon’s car. Kanaan connected with Dixon on a pass for the lead on the 107th lap. Kanaan had to pit three laps later and faded to the back.

He lost the lead – and a chance for $1 million.

With Pocono back on the schedule, IndyCar resurrected the Triple Crown challenge, a three-race competition for $1 million to the driver who wins the Indianapolis 500, Pocono and the season finale at Fontana. A driver who wins two of the three can win a $250,000 bonus from promotion sponsor Fuzzy’s Vodka, leaving Kanaan and Dixon still eligible for the prize.

Kanaan had no idea he hit Dixon and spent most of the rest of the race a lap down. He finished 13th.

“I made a mistake and it cost us big,” Kanaan said. “I had a run on Dixon but didn’t really think that I was closing that fast on him. We had a car that was capable of winning this race.”

Will Power was fourth and Josef Newgarden fifth. Points leader Helio Castroneves was eighth.

Dixon’s win helped push him to fourth in the points standings.

“Considering the crazy and poor results we’ve had throughout the year, it’s still astonishing that we are fourth in the championship,” he said.

This was the first time Ganassi swept a podium in any form of racing: IndyCar, CART, NASCAR or Grand-Am. It was the 100th win for Ganassi’s Target-sponsored cars in all forms of motor sports.

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