Sonoma, CA- The GoPro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma will be talked about for quite sometime.
Will Power took the checkered flag for the first time this season in the 85 lap event at Sonoma Raceway but most think Scott Dixon should have been standing on top at the end of the day.
The controversial race could be the point that shaped the championship and gave Helio Castroneves his first IndyCar title.
Scott Dixon led 27 laps as he held onto the lead entering the final pit stop with under 20 laps to go. Him and second place Will Power came down pit road for their final service and that’s where the story of the race changed.
Dixon hit one of Power’s crew men while exiting his pit box and sent the crew member into two other guys. At first it looked like Dixon was at fault but after several different angles it appeared that Power’s crew guys were trying to get hit.
“It’s a d*** move,” said the two-time series champ. “If they want to win that way that’s fine. I don’t know many crew guys that walk towards a moving car.”
That cost Dixon the win as he was penalized and had to serve a drive through penalty on the first lap after the restart. He had to pit from the lead and wound up 15th. Castroneves came home seventh and now leads Dixon by 39 points with just four races to go.
That one controversial call that will be highly debated and could have cost Dixon the championship.
Nevertheless, Power won his third IndyCar race in four years in Sonoma and gave Team Penske their fourth straight victory in Wine Country. Power beat Justin Wilson by 1.193-seconds en route to the win.
Wilson scored his third podium of the season as he sits in seventh in the standings 118 points behind Castroneves.
Dixon’s Ganassi teammate Dario Franchitti who started on the pole and looked to have the second best car today came home third. It was Franchitti’s fourth podium in the last five races as the Scotsman is now 100 points out with an outside shot still at the title.
Marco Andretti and Simon Pagenaud rounded out the top five in today’s race at the 12-turn road course.
1. 12 Will Power
2. 19 Justin Wilson
3. 10 Dario Franchitti
4. 25 Marco Andretti
5. 77 Simon Pagenaud
6. 1 Ryan Hunter-Reay
7. 3 Helio Castroneves
8. 27 James Hinchcliffe
9. 78 Simona de Silvestro
10. 7 Sebastien Bourdais
11. 15 Graham Rahal
12. 55 Tristian Vautier R
13. 11 Tony Kanaan
14. 5 E.J. Viso
15. 9 Scott Dixon
16. 98 J.R. Hildebrand
17. 4 Ryan Briscoe
18. 18 James Davison R
19. 20 Ed Carpenter -1
20. 83 Charlie Kimball -2
21. 6 Sebastian Saavedra OUT
22. 97 Lucas Luhr R OUT
23. 14 Takuma Sato OUT
24. 67 Josef Newgarden OUT
25. 16 James Jakes OUT
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