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July 8, 2013

Dixon wins in return to Pocono

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LONG POND, Pa. —

When Franchitti walked into the media center, he mused, “Who saw that one coming?”

Certainly not the guys at Andretti.

Andretti Autosport’s banner qualifying effort that saw three cars start on the front row was wasted before the second lap. Hinchcliffe’s bid for his series-high fourth win was derailed when he tagged the wall heading into the first turn of the first lap.

Hinchcliffe, who started third, limped as he walked out of his car. He said he just banged up one of his knees.

Hinchcliffe was cleared at the infield care center and worked the rest of the race in ABC’s broadcast booth.

“The car just snapped loose on me,” he said. “We went a bit aggressive on setup because we had an understeering car all week, and we didn’t want that in the race. Maybe we overstepped it a bit.”

Hunter-Reay started second and was running in the top five when he was involved in a pit road accident. Takuma Sato hit the right side of Hunter-Reay’s car near the entrance of pit lane. Hunter-Reay was forced to the garage with damage to his right front wheel and front wing. He returned about 20 laps later and finished 20th

Andretti, raised about 30 minutes away in nearby Nazareth, won the pole and was the hometown favorite. He dominated the race and led the most laps until fuel woes put him 10th. He ran out just after he crossed the finish line.

With the Andretti crew out of the picture, Ganassi’s drivers set the pace. This was the first 1-2-3 team finish since Roger Penske had Power, Castroneves and Ryan Briscoe on the podium in August 2011 at Sonoma Raceway.

“To have a glimpse of something great and something to be positive about, hopefully we can keep the momentum rolling,” Dixon said.

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