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Kanaan claims Meijer Indy 300 for 2nd straight win

Kanaan claims Meijer Indy 300 for 2nd straight win

Tony Kanaan kept his outside shot at an IndyCar Series title alive Saturday night, blistering the field to win the Meijer Indy 300 at Kentucky Speedway.
Kanaan roared by A.J. Foyt IV with less than 10 laps to go for his second straight victory, his fourth win of the year and first-ever by an Andretti Green Racing driver at the 2.4-kilometer (1.5-mile) tri-oval.
Kanaan overpowered the weekend, taking the pole on Friday and leaving little doubt about his car's dominance in the twilight. He beat Scott Dixon by 1.745 seconds to become the second polesitter to win in the race's eight-year history.
"We definitely don't need him winning anymore," Dixon said. "We'll stay aggressive. We've just got to stay on top of our game and keep the pressure on those boys."
Series leader Dario Franchitti ran with his Andretti teammate for much of the race before a couple of bizarre incidents dropped him to eighth. He was battling for second with Dixon when he swung out too high and fell to sixth, then lost a couple more spots when he clipped a flag entering pit road, damaging the nose of his car.
Things only got worse after the race, as Franchitti once again went airborne a week after a harrowing crash in Michigan.
Moments after the checkered flag waved, Franchitti rode up the back of Kosuke Matsuura's car and flipped. The car pirouetted on its nose and landed against the outside wall in the first turn.
Franchitti appeared to be accelerating as he ran into Matsuura, perhaps thinking the race wasn't over.
Danica Patrick, seeking her first career victory, was struck by tire problems for the second straight week. She had rallied from 11th and was running near the front when she spun out trying to leave the pits with 20 laps to go. After regaining control of her car, she blew her right rear tire and nearly collided with a safety vehicle, finishing 16th.
Foyt led briefly following the caution after Patrick's crash, but Kanaan had little problem passing him soon after the restart. Foyt finished third, the first top-five finish of his career.
Marco Andretti started 15th but worked his way up to fourth. Tomas Scheckter was fifth, followed by Scott Sharp, Ed Carpenter and Franchitti.
Sam Hornish Jr., a two-time winner at Kentucky, quickly moved from seventh to third and was trying to pass Franchitti when he lost control and struck the wall coming out of turn two on lap 36. It was Hornish's third DNF of the year and second straight, just the fourth time in his eight-year IndyCar career he's failed to complete consecutive races.
Dan Wheldon tried to avoid Hornish by going high, but Hornish nicked Wheldon's car, sending him into the inside wall. Wheldon eventually returned, finishing 17th.
"Just was trying to sneak around the outside but I just couldn't get underneath him," Wheldon said.


Updated : 2021-10-16 06:53 GMT+08:00