Castroneves wins in Texas

Castroneves wins in Texas

7 June 2009 – Helio Castroneves and has led home a Penske one-two in Texas, beating team-mate Ryan Briscoe by three tenths of a second. As the Australian takes the championship lead, reigning Champion Scott Dixon finished third with pole winner Dario Franchitti dropping to fifth place.

Having been passed for the win by Scott Dixon in the late stages of the Milwaukee Mile last weekend, it was déjà vu for Ryan Briscoe as Castroneves made the most of a great final pit-stop to overhaul his team-mate and claim his second victory of the year, after Indianapolis. With Scotland's Franchitti falling to fifth on the final lap, Marco Andretti impressed to steal fourth - having started eighth on the grid - as Danica Patrick rounded out the top six.

As the race got underway, Graham Rahal was right in the action having started in the midfield, losing control of his NHL car and spinning into the path of EJ Viso and IndyCar Series returnee Milka Duno, removing all three cars from the night battle on only Lap 2.

Franchitti retained his lead from pole until the twelfth lap, when Briscoe sailed through to pull away and comfortably control the race with an eight-second margin being successful stretched out. With debris on the circuit on Lap 151, the 27-year-old's advantage disintegrated although it wasn't until the final round of pit-stops - taking place under caution as a result of Foyt IV's suspension failure - when Castroneves slipped past his team-mate after enjoying a better service.

Helio's mirrors may have been filled with nothing but Briscoe for the final laps of the race, but the Brazilian's composure allows him to move to fourth in the championship. With five retirements in total, Dan Wheldon made it two British drivers in the top ten, with seventh place for Panther Racing.

Despite being disappointed to narrowly miss out on victory for the second consecutive race, it wasn't all bad news for Briscoe, who now leads the championship heading to Iowa in a fortnight's time.

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