- The Washington Times - Monday, July 13, 2009

From combined dispatches

TORONTO | Dario Franchitti had nearly forgotten what it was like to win on the streets of Toronto. After a decade, he refreshed his memory.

Franchitti won the Honda Indy on Sunday over the tricky street course at Exhibition Place, easily holding off Penske drivers Ryan Briscoe and Will Power on a late restart for his third triumph of the IndyCar Series season.

“It’s 10 years since my first one here and it feels good,” said Franchitti, who won a Champ Car race in 1999. “I guess we timed it right with strategy.”

It was the first race in Toronto for the series. Starting from the pole, Franchitti was both lucky and good in regaining the series lead by two points 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.

“I spent a lot of years chasing the Target cars here and finishing behind,” Franchitti said. “I have to thank Chip. He gave me the opportunity to come back here.”

Webber gets first victory

NUERBURGRING, Germany | Mark Webber won his first Formula One race Sunday after overcoming a penalty to take the German Grand Prix and give his Red Bull team momentum in its bid to catch Jenson Button in the drivers’ championship.

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

Webber’s euphoric screams were heard over the team radio after he crossed the finish line in his 132nd race.

“It’s an incredible day for me. I wanted to win so badly,” said Webber, the first Australian driver to secure victory since Alan Jones at Las Vegas 28 years ago.

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