Dixon Heads Ganassi's 1-2 in Kansas

Scott Dixon finally gave Target Chip Ganassi Racing the chance to celebrate a race win this season, when taking the chequered flag of the IndyCar race at Kansas Speedway. The Australian racer not only scored his first win of the season, but he also headed Ganassi's 7th 1-2 finish in the IZOD IndyCar Series, being victorious from teammate Dario Franchitti.

This was the fourth consecutive season Ganassi walked away from Kansas with the win in their pocket, but the weekend did not begin all that well for the team. It was again Team Penske that took pole position through Australian driver Ryan Briscoe, but Dixon recovered well after a failed overtaking maneuver in the first few laps to pass his fellow countryman shortly before the pit stops.

After the first round of pit stops, Dario Franchitti also managed to pass Briscoe for 2nd place, after which the Ganassi pair drove in the leading two positions until the end. The only driver who posed a threat to Ganassi's perfect finish was Penske's Helio Castroneves, who emerged in 2nd place after the last pit stop.

While caught in traffic, the Brazilian racer eventually lost his 2nd position to Franchitti, while also 3rd place to Andretti Autosport's tony Kanaan. Ryan Briscoe wasn't that fortunate either on Sunday, as he shed a wheel under yellow flag and had to make a pit stop to repair his car shortly after. He eventually re-entered the race in the mid-pack and climbed his way to 6th overall, behind Andretti Autosport's Ryan Hunter-Reay.

Going into the month of May (at Indianapolis), winning a race is huge for us and our team needed this. I just hope we can carry it through,” said Dixon after the race.

Championship leader Will Power struggled with poor pace and pit mistakes throughout the afternoon, as he missed his mark at the first pit stop and lost a lot of time in the process. He eventually finished the race in 12th place and managed to maintain his lead in the overall classification.

The Top 10 was completed by KV's Mario Moraes, Fazzt's Alex Tagliani, Andretti's John Andretti (preparing for the upcoming Indy 500 race) and Foyt's Vitor Meira.
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