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Oct 5

IndyCar: Dixon Shrinks Points Deficit With Houston Win

Scott Dixon celebrates after winning Race1 of the Houston Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

Scott Dixon celebrates after winning Race1 of the Houston Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

Scott Dixon made the opening race of the Houston Grand Prix a Penske Racing nightmare, grabbing a series-best fourth victory while slicing a huge chunk off Helio Castroneves’ lead in the IndyCar championship race.

Dixon, who entered Saturday’s race trailing Castroneves by 49 points, cut his deficit to eight points heading into Sunday’s race. A sweep of the doubleheader through Reliant Park would put the New Zealander in control headed into the Oct. 19 finale at Fontana, California.

Oct 5

ALMS: Level 5 Takes P2 Win, Clinches Title At VIR

Ryan Briscoe drives the No. 551 Level 5 Motorsport entry to victory in Saturday's race at VIR. (Photo: John Dagys)

Ryan Briscoe in the No. 551 Level 5 Motorsports entry leads the P2 field in Saturday’s Oak Tree Grand Prix at VIR. (Photo: John Dagys)

Level 5 Motorsports locked up its third consecutive P2 teams’ championship Saturday with a dominant run in Saturday’s Oak Tree Grand Prix at Virginia International Raceway.

Ryan Briscoe took the No. 551 HPD ARX-03b to a 13.464-second win over the No. 01 Extreme Speed Motorsports entry of Scott Sharp, who finished in second.

The two similarly prepared cars enjoyed an early race battle, in the hands of Scott Tucker and Anthony Lazzaro, with the Level 5 team owner losing the lead to the ESM entry just past the 40-minute mark.

Oct 5

WRC: Latvala Takes Overall Lead In France

Jari-Matti Latvala and co-driver Mikka Anttila compete in their Volkswagen Motorsport Polo R WRC during Rally France. (Photo: Getty Images)

Jari-Matti Latvala and co-driver Mikka Anttila compete in their Volkswagen Motorsport Polo R WRC during Rally France. (Photo: Getty Images)

Jari-Matti Latvala of Finland made the best of changing conditions to lead the Rally France on Saturday, but Dani Sordo of Spain and Frenchmen Sebastien Loeb and Sebastien Ogier are still in contention.

Latvala leads Sordo by 0.4 seconds, new world champion Ogier by 1.5 seconds and Loeb by 5 seconds. Thierry Neuville of Belgium held the top spot in the morning but punctured his left rear tire to slip to fifth place, 1:10 behind Latvala.

Oct 5

IndyCar: Sato On Pole For Houston GP Race 1

Takuma Sato and A.J. Foyt pose with the Verizon P1 Award following qualifying for the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix Of Houston. (Photo: Getty Images)

Takuma Sato and A.J. Foyt pose with the Verizon P1 Award following qualifying for the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix Of Houston. (Photo: Getty Images)

A.J. Foyt picked the perfect weekend to make his return to the race track following hip replacement surgery.

Takuma Sato won the pole for Saturday’s first race of the Houston Grand Prix doubleheader, giving Houston-based A.J. Foyt Racing its first pole since Billy Boat’s run at Atlanta in 1999.