July 13, 2009 in Sports

Franchitti wins Toronto race

Associated Press

Dario Franchitti won the Honda Indy on the street course in Toronto on Sunday, easily holding off Penske drivers Ryan Briscoe and Will Power on a late restart for his third win of the season.

It was the first race in Toronto for the IndyCar Series, and Franchitti, the pole-sitter, was both lucky and good in regaining the series points lead over Target Chip Ganassi teammate Scott Dixon.

Franchitti is seeking his second series championship in three years after racing last season in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup series. Penske and Ganassi drivers have won 16 of 18 races dating to last season.

Dixon was fourth, followed by Justin Wilson of Dale Coyne Racing, who won a week ago at Watkins Glen.

Formula One

Red Bull’s Mark Webber won his first Formula One race after overcoming a penalty to take the German Grand Prix at Nuerburgring.

The Australian beat teammate Sebastian Vettel by 9.2 seconds despite a drive-through penalty for bumping Brawn GP’s Rubens Barrichello at the start while defending his pole position.

Felipe Massa gave Ferrari its first podium finish of the season by coming in third ahead.

Overall leader Jenson Button of Brawn GP was fifth to increase his total to 68 points.


Antron Brown picked up his third Top Fuel win of the season, beating Doug Kalitta in the finals of the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals at Bandimere Speedway in Morrison, Colo.

Ron Capps captured the Funny Car race, Allen Johnson won in Pro Stock and Eddie Krawiec sped away with a victory in Pro Stock Motorcycles.

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