A new Generation IV Chevrolet engine powered defending IRL champion Sam Hornish to victory at the Belterra Casino Indy 300 in Kentucky on Sunday.

A new Generation IV Chevrolet engine powered defending IRL champion Sam Hornish to victory at the Belterra Casino Indy 300 in Kentucky on Sunday.


Hornish's Pennzoil Panther Dallara Chevrolet dominated the event and only the American, runner-up Scott Dixon in the Team Target Panoz G Force Toyota and Bryan Herta's Archipelago Motorola Dallara Honda were on the lead lap when the chequered flag fell.


"The car was pretty close to being on the edge today," Hornish said after celebrating his ninth Indy Racing League victory. "We trimmed it out and were able to run at the bottom of the track; not everyone could do that. The car was pretty easy to drive today and we know what it takes to win. You've got to have teamwork and a good handling car anywhere you go.


"We did all the development on the Gen IV Chevy Indy V8," he added. "We had to put together cars to race and different cars to test the engine this summer. I think we're heading in the right direction toward the championship."


Dixon thought he had "a great day. Obviously we want to win races, but it's more important to win championships," he said. "The car was definitely easy to drive in the race, and that made my job much easier today. We just didn't have enough speed to catch Sam," who finished 1,1712 seconds in front of the Kiwi.


Dixon's team-mate, South African Tomas Scheckter, finished tenth in the Team Target Panoz G Force Toyota. At the start, the South African fell back from his seventh place starting spot and was running 13th at the 50-lap mark. "We had some trouble finding the handling for the car and it was pushing really badly at the beginning of the race." The team made a "major wing change" on the first stop that helped a bit, but he was unable to make up many more positions before the torrid pace was complete.


The IndyCar Series title chase is very close with four rounds left to play. Tony Kanaan, who finished sixth on Sunday, is still on top with 385 points, with Helio Castroneves second at 377, Dixon third with 373, Gil de Ferran fourth (372) and Hornish, who looked like he was nowhere before Michigan, is fifth with 308 points.

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