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Posted on: Sunday, April 11, 2010

Auto racing: Castroneves wins Indy Grand Prix


Associated Press

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. Helio Castroneves held off Scott Dixon to win the inaugural Indy Grand Prix of Alabama today, coasting to the finish line after coming off caution with two laps to go.

The three-time Indianapolis 500 winner took over in the stretch run when Marco Andretti headed to pit road with seven laps to go. He treated the new IndyCar venue to his trademark "Spiderman" move, climbing a chain link fence in front of the grandstands and pumping his fists to the fans.

Castroneves won by just over half a second over Dixon and nobody else was closer than 7 seconds to the lead, making it a two-man chase at the end. He didn't offer any opening for Dixon to get by him on a narrow track that offers few easy spots to pass.