New Zealand's Scott Dixon became the second driver in history to collect three straight Watkins Glen checkered-flags, cruising to the finish line 6.2 seconds before nearest challenger Sam Hornish Jr. of Scotland yesterday. After the race, Tony Kanaan, who had earlier taken a bump from the number two, rammed Hornish's pitted car, hastening an unusual dustup.
Hornish's crew-member father charged at Kanaan, jostling him before being tackled by the Brazilian's crew. An Indy Racing representative promised to mete out punishment once the perpetrator was identified. Meanwhile, Dixon's sober 60-lap triumph earned him 18 crucial points in a hotly contested championship season—he still trails the speedy Scot by 47.