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July 8, 2013

Dixon wins in return to Pocono

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LONG POND, Pa. —

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 that 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.”

Andretti Autosport had three of them after it qualified three drivers on the front row. But James Hinchcliffe and Ryan Hunter-Reay were involved in accidents and Marco Andretti battled fuel woes over the final laps.

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. He also moved into 10th on IndyCar’s career wins list.

“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 and the 200th in IndyCar competition for engine manufacturer Honda.

“I had no idea we’d go 1-2-3,” Ganassi said. “I was just hoping for a decent finish today.”

Kimball matched his career-best finish and Franchitti had his first podium finish of the season.

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