HOUSTON — Scott Dixon made the opening race of the Houston Grand Prix doubleheader a Penske Racing nightmare on Saturday, grabbing a series-best fourth victory while slicing a big chunk off Helio Castroneves' lead in the title race.
Dixon cut his deficit from 49 points to eight heading into today's second street race.
"I hope they are worried, man. That's a 41-point turnaround," Dixon said after pulling away to beat Simona de Silvestro, who finished a career-best second.
De Silvestro is the second woman on an IndyCar podium. Danica Patrick, now in NASCAR, finished in the top three seven times including one win.
"Well, finally. We've been waiting for this for a long time," de Silvestro said of her 63rd start.
Castroneves finished 18th after having gearbox issues.
Nationwide: Matt Kenseth, who has won the past two Sprint Cup races at Kansas Speedway, took advantage of a late wreck involving Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski to win the Kansas Lottery 300. Kenseth beat Paul Menard by 0.952 seconds. Busch finished fourth while Keselowski was furious after finishing 28th. "I got wrecked by a dirty driver. There's no other way of putting it," Keselowski said. "It's not going to last, I can tell you that." Pole-sitter Austin Dillon finished sixth and took the points lead by eight over Sam Hornish (17th).
NHRA: John Force took the Funny Car points lead at the Auto Plus Nationals in Mohnton, Pa., when his Friday run of 3.987 seconds at 323.50 mph held up to top qualifying. Morgan Lucas (Top Fuel), Jason Line (Pro Stock) and Michael Ray (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also were No. 1 in their classes.
Formula One: Points leader Sebastian Vettel (1 minute, 37.202 seconds) earned the pole for the Korean Grand Prix in Yeongam. The race was held overnight.