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Dario Franchitti used a clever bit of strategy to win the PEAK Antifreeze & Motor Oil Indy 300 at Chicagoland Speedway and close the gap on IZOD IndyCar Series championship points leader Will Power.

Photo credit Dan HelrigelFranchitti picked up the lead out of the final pit stop on Lap 173, relying on a double stint of the Firestone Firehawks (62 laps), and held off Dan Wheldon by 0.0423 of a second for his third win of the season.

Power's #12 Verizon Team Penske crew had a fuelling equipment issue on the same pit stop and he had to duck onto pit lane with five laps left for a splash, he was running fourth at the time but finished a season low 16th.

Franchitti closed to 23 points of Power with three oval races left.

Marco Andretti led an Andretti Autosport trio in the top five with a season best tying third place.

Ryan Hunter-Reay and Tony Kanaan followed. Helio Castroneves finished sixth and Justin Wilson advanced 16 positions to finish seventh.

Franchitti posted his 26th Indy car racing victory, tying Rodger Ward for 11th on the all time list (USAC, CART, Indy Racing league sanction). Johnny Rutherford (27) is next.

Also on August 28, James Hinchcliffe held off Pippa Mann by 0.0159 of a second, the third closest margin of victory in Firestone Indy Lights history, to win the Chicagoland 100.

Mann, who led her first laps of the season in the #11 Sam Schmidt Motorsports car, recorded a career best finish and led three Sam Schmidt Motorsports drivers across the line.

Photo credit Jim HainesPhilip Major also posted a career best to finish third and series championship points leader J.R. Vernay was fourth.

Hinchcliffe, who started 13th, was driving the high line and caught Mann on Lap 66 following a lap 63 restart. It was his third victory of the season (first on an oval).

PEAK ANTIFREEZE & MOTOR OIL INDY 300 POST RACE NOTES:

- Dario Franchitti won the PEAK Antifreeze and Motor Oil Indy 300, his third win of the 2010 season (Indianapolis, Mid-Ohio). Franchitti previously won at Chicagoland at 2007.

- This is Franchitti's 26th win in IndyCar history (CART, IZOD IndyCar Series), tying him with Rodger Ward for 11th on the all time win list.

- Dan Wheldon finished second, tying his season best finish. Wheldon finished second at Indianapolis earlier this year.
Marco Andretti finished third, tying his season best finish. Andretti finished third at Indianapolis and Texas earlier this year.

- Ryan Hunter-Reay finished fourth, his best finish this season on an oval.

- The margin of victory was 0.0423, the sixth closest IZOD IndyCar Series finish at Chicagoland Speedway.

PEAK ANTIFREEZE & MOTOR OIL INDY 300 RACE RESULTS:

Pos. Started Driver Car Laps Status
1 2 Dario Franchitti Dallara-Honda 200 Running
2 7 Dan Wheldon Dallara-Honda 200 Running
3 5 Marco Andretti Dallara-Honda 200 Running
4 9 Ryan Hunter-Reay Dallara-Honda 200 Running
5 13 Tony Kanaan Dallara-Honda 200 Running
6 4 Helio Castroneves Dallara-Honda 200 Running
7 23 Justin Wilson Dallara-Honda 200 Running
8 15 Scott Dixon Dallara-Honda 200 Running
9 24 Vitor Meira Dallara-Honda 200 Running
10 6 Graham Rahal Dallara-Honda 200 Running
11 1 Ryan Briscoe Dallara-Honda 200 Running
12 20 Bertrand Baguette Dallara-Honda 200 Running
13 8 Hideki Mutoh Dallara-Honda 200 Running
14 12 Danica Patrick Dallara-Honda 200 Running
15 25 Sarah Fisher Dallara-Honda 199 Running
16 3 Will Power Dallara-Honda 199 Running
17 21 Mario Moraes Dallara-Honda 199 Running
18 28 Davey Hamilton Dallara-Honda 199 Running
19 26 Milka Duno Dallara-Honda 197 Running
20 11 Ed Carpenter Dallara-Honda 179 Handling
21 14 Alex Lloyd Dallara-Honda 162 Running
22 29 Jay Howard Dallara-Honda 161 Mechanical
23 27 Simona de Silvestro Dallara-Honda 150 Mechanical
24 22 Ana Beatriz Dallara-Honda 88 Mechanical
25 19 Alex Tagliani Dallara-Honda 85 Contact
26 10 Takuma Sato Dallara-Honda 80 Contact
27 16 EJ Viso Dallara-Honda 80 Contact
28 17 Tomas Scheckter Dallara-Honda 4 Contact
29 18 Raphael Matos Dallara-Honda 4 Contact

PEAK ANTIFREEZE & MOTOR OIL INDY 300 RACE STATISTICS:

Winner's average speed:  169.161
Time of Race: 1h47'49.5783
Margin of victory: 0.0423 of a second
Cautions: 3 for 28
Lead changes: 25
Lap Leaders: Briscoe 1-28, Andretti 29, Briscoe 30-32, Andretti 33, Briscoe 34-50, Andretti 51, Briscoe 52-54, Wheldon 55, Carpenter 56-57, Tagliani 58, Lloyd 59-61, Meira 62-63, Briscoe 64-80, Fisher 81-90, Briscoe 91-135, Power 136, Carpenter 137, Wheldon 138, Meira 139-142, Wheldon 143-149, Hunter-Reay 150-151, Wheldon 152-155, Power 156, Wheldon 157, Power 158, Franchitti 173 - 200
Point Standings: Power 528, Franchitti 505, Dixon 443, Briscoe 406, Castroneves 398, Hunter-Reay 392, Kanaan 360, Andretti 319, Wilson 316, Wheldon 309.

 
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