Foyt Team Sweeps Kansas

Airton Daré earned his first career Indy Racing League victory Sunday, winning the Ameristar Casino Indy 200 with a dramatic late pass at Kansas Speedway.

The victory for Daré, in his 31st career IRL start, was the first for an IRL car owned by four-time Indianapolis 500 winner A.J. Foyt since Kenny Brack won the 1999 Indianapolis 500. But the win actually was the second of the day for Foyt, whose grandson A.J. Foyt IV, won the inaugural Indy Racing Infiniti Pro Series earlier in the day on the 1.5-mile oval.

”It's like hitting a double jackpot at Harrah's. It's great,” the elder Foyt said. “It's been a long time coming. We've had some dry spells, but all in all we were ready for it and due for it.”

Daré, from Bauru, Brazil, earned $115,200 for the victory in the No. 14 Harrah's/A.J. Foyt Racing Dallara/Chevrolet. His average speed was 178.527 mph, the second fastest in IRL history, as the 200-lap race was slowed just four times for 23 laps by caution periods.

Defending IRL champion Sam Hornish Jr. finished second in the No. 4 Pennzoil Panther Dallara/Chevrolet, .1741 of a second behind Daré before a sellout crowd. Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves kept the IRL points lead with a third-place finish in the No. 3 Marlboro Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet.

Daré only led eight laps, including the last three, after starting sixth. He passed Hornish with an outside move on the backstretch on Lap 198 after a restart and pulled away.

"Everything was working perfect," Daré said. "I went through the gears, got up around the outside of Hornish, and that was it."

Hornish earned his third consecutive top-three finish but was disappointed with his second consecutive runner-up finish at this event.

"Nothing I won't get over by the next race," Hornish said. "Just not to win, that's why we come out here, that's why we run. The only car that we could not touch all day was Scheckter, and when he went out, I thought for sure that was ours."

The race was in rookie Tomas Scheckter's hands until less than 10 laps to go. Scheckter, who started from the pole, led Hornish by more than a second when his No. 52 Red Bull Cheever Racing Dallara/Infiniti spun and crashed in Turn 2 on Lap 191. Scheckter was unhurt in the crash.

"It's disappointing," Scheckter said "We just can't seem to get a break. I thought it was mine as soon as I took the lead after the last stop.

"We had a good car the whole race. With 10 laps to go, I had low tire pressure in the right rear (tire). It deflated, and there was no way I could control the car."

Hornish inherited the lead during the ensuing caution period before losing it to Daré on Lap 198 on the first full lap after the restart.

Castroneves padded his points lead over teammate Gil de Ferran, who finished fifth in the No. 6 Marlboro Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet. Castroneves leads de Ferran by eight points.

But Hornish pulled closer to the top two. He is third with 296 points, just 19 points behind Castroneves.

The next Indy Racing League event is the Firestone Indy 200 on July 20 at Nashville Superspeedway. It's the final night race of the season.

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