RICHMOND, Va. -- Pole-sitter Tony Kanaan took advantage of an out-of-sequence pit stop by front-running teammate Marco Andretti on Saturday night and ran away with the SunTrust Indy Challenge for his first victory of the season.
On a night when half of the 26 cars in the largest IndyCar
Series field at Richmond International Raceway went home damaged,
Kanaan got the good fortune he said he deserved, avoiding the
near-constant mayhem caused by a record nine caution flags and
coasting to his 13th career IndyCar victory.
Helio Castroneves, who started 18th, used a blistering early pit
stop to get into contention and finished second, followed by Target
Chip Ganassi Racing teammates Scott Dixon and Dan Wheldon. Series
rookie Oriol Servia was fifth, and Danica Patrick was sixth.
Andretti, who was almost as dominant and his Andretti Green
Racing teammate until he gave up the lead by pitting under green
with 95 laps to go, wound up ninth.
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