Record Fifth Win for Wheldon

Points leader Dan Wheldon increased his lead over Sam Hornish Jr. as well as tied his record of wins in a single season, taking his fifth victory today at Pikes Peak International Raceway

Record Fifth Win for Wheldon

This was Wheldon's first victory since winning the Indianapolis 500 in May.

Wheldon took the lead on lap 164 in the 225-lap race at Colorado Springs, after Andretti Green Racing teammate Dario Franchitti, who was in the lead at that point, stalled in the pits. Franchitti, winner of last year's race, finished in seventh place.

Wheldon's rival Hornish finished second, with and reigning IRL Champion Tony Kanaan in third. Pole-sitter Helio Castroneves was fourth.

The race was surpisingly eventless, with only one caution flag coming out on lap 80, as rookie Ryan Briscoe crashed his Chip Ganassi Racing #33 into the wall at Turn Four. He was uninjured.

"I had just done my pitstop and the car felt really good," the Australian said. "I did a quick lap and then I went through [turns] One and Two and at the exit there was a strange moment. It felt like the tyre pressure came down on me and in Turn Three I was in fourth gear and the rear just came out on me. So it felt like it was tire pressure or something like that."

Vitor Meira finished fifth, with Tomas Enge in seventh and Danica Patrick in eighth.

Pos Driver Make-Engine Laps 1. Dan Wheldon Dallara-Honda 225 2. Sam Hornish Jr. Dallara-Toyota 225 3. Tony Kanaan Dallara-Honda 225 4. Helio Castroneves Dallara-Toyota 224 5. Vitor Meira Panoz-Honda 224 6. Tomas Enge Dallara-Chevy 224 7. Dario Franchitti Dallara-Honda 224 8. Danica Patrick Panoz-Honda 223 9. Scott Sharp Panoz-Honda 222 10. Patrick Carpentier Dallara-Toyota 222 11. Buddy Rice Panoz-Honda 222 12. Bryan Herta Dallara-Honda 222 13. Kosuke Matsuura Panoz-Honda 222 14. Tomas Scheckter Dallara-Chevy 221 15. Roger Yasukawa Dallara-Honda 220 16. Scott Dixon Panoz-Toyota 220 17. Jimmy Kite Dallara-Toyota 219 18. Alex Barron Dallara-Toyota 219 19. Ed Carpenter Dallara-Toyota 216 20. Ryan Briscoe Panoz-Toyota 76 21. A.J. Foyt IV Dallara-Chevy 38 22. Jaques Lazier Panoz-Toyota - 
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