Scott Dixon retires from Texas Indycar race

STEPHEN HAWKINS
Last updated 15:51 09/06/2013

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Helio Castroneves raced to his first IndyCar victory of the season, leading the final 132 laps to win at Texas Motor Speedway today (NZT time), while Kiwi Scott Dixon was forced to retire because of engine trouble.

Castroneves also won at the high-banked track in 2004, 2006 and 2009. 

''Texas is awesome. I love this place,'' Castroneves said after celebrating by climbing up the front-stretch fence. 

Former series champion Sam Hornish Jr was the only other three-time IndyCar winner at Texas, and his last came for Roger Penske, who now has eight victories at the track which hosted its 25th IndyCar race. 

Ryan Hunter-Reay of Andretti Motorsports finished second, more than 5 seconds back. He led 35 of the 228 laps. Castroneves, with six other top-10 finishes in the first seven races, entered the night tied with Marco Andretti for the season points lead.

Andretti, who led the first 53 laps after starting on the front row, finished fifth. He dropped to second, 22 points behind Castroneves. 

Castroneves took the lead from Andretti, going around him in Turn three on lap 96, and stayed there. He is the seventh driver to win in eight races this season. 

Before Oriol Servia spun out right in front of him on lap 113, Castroneves had built a 14-second lead over defending race winner Justin Wilson. Castroneves was able to get around Servia's car without any issue. That ended a sequence when Castroneves went 61 laps without a stop before going into the pit during that caution. 

The top five finishers were Chevrolets, with Indianapolis 500 winner Tony Kanaan third, followed by Ed Carpenter and Andretti. The highest-finishing Honda was Dario Franchitti, just ahead of Castroneves teammate Will Power, the polesitter.

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