Will Power converts pole to Road America win

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Monday 27th June, 2016 - 6:04am

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Will Power wins his second race in succession by holding out Tony Kanaan at Road America

Will Power wins his second race in succession by holding out Tony Kanaan at Road America

Will Power has prevailed in a thrilling finish with victory in the Kohler Grand Prix amid a bumper crowd at Wisconsin’s Road America circuit.

After a nine-year absence the IndyCar Series returned to the time-honoured Elkhart Lake layout with Power seizing his second win of 2016.

Power (Team Penske) beat Chip Ganassi’s Tony Kanaan with Graham Rahal (Rahal/Letterman/Lanigan) third.

Kanaan launched a determined bid to challenge Power in the closing laps before the 2014 series champion prevailed by .7s at the chequered flag.

“TK (Tony Kanaan) had the reds on and was coming hard. He was quick all race. I had my work cut out and did everything I could to stay ahead. I’m stoked to get the Verizon car to Victory Lane,” Power said.

Series leader Simon Pagenaud (Team Penske) was caught short following a restart after making a strong challenge to the leaders before ultimately finishing 13th.

Pagenaud lost several positions when the green flag waved again in the closing stages with electrical issues.

Power’s 27th career victory sees him leap from seventh to third in the standings.

The Toowoomba ace has moved level with Johnny Rutherford for 13th on the all-time wins list after a comprehensive effort where he led 46 of the 50 laps.

The race ran green until 10 laps before the finish when Conor Daly went off at Turn 1.

Reigning series champion Scott Dixon has lost valuable ground in his quest for a fifth crown when he retired after a handful of laps with mechanical problems in his Chip Ganassi machine.

The Kiwi drops from second in the points to fourth.

The result sees Team Penske drivers fill the first three positions in the points with Pagenaud now leading by 74 from Helio Castroneves who claimed fifth in the 50-lap race just behind Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Autosport).

Pagenaud managed to escape with minimal damage to his lead as he went into the weekend with an 80-points advantage.

Charlie Kimball (Chip Ganassi Racing) and Juan Montoya (Team Penske) were sixth and seventh.

Ed Carpenter Racing’s Josef Newgarden finished eighth in a decent reward for his brave comeback from shoulder and hand fractures at the recent Texas race.

Spencer Pigot (Ed Carpenter Racing) and Carlos Munoz (Andretti Autosport) completed the top 10.

See below for full results

1

Will Power

Dallara/Chevrolet

50

1:39:10.30

2

Tony Kanaan

Dallara/Chevrolet

50

0.74

3

Graham Rahal

Dallara/Honda

50

5.96

4

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Dallara/Honda

50

9.35

5

Helio Castroneves

Dallara/Chevrolet

50

10.53

6

Charlie Kimball

Dallara/Chevrolet

50

10.99

7

Juan Pablo Montoya

Dallara/Chevrolet

50

12.61

8

Josef Newgarden

Dallara/Chevrolet

50

13.88

9

Spencer Pigot

Dallara/Chevrolet

50

15.72

10

Carlos Munoz

Dallara/Honda

50

17.11

11

Jack Hawksworth

Dallara/Honda

50

18.71

12

Marco Andretti

Dallara/Honda

50

19.90

13

Simon Pagenaud

Dallara/Chevrolet

50

21.15

14

James Hinchcliffe

Dallara/Honda

50

22.13

15

Alexander Rossi

Dallara/Honda

50

22.59

16

Mikhail Aleshin

Dallara/Honda

50

23.55

17

Takuma Sato

Dallara/Honda

50

35.36

18

Sebastien Bourdais

Dallara/Chevrolet

49

1 Lap

19

Gabby Chaves

Dallara/Honda

49

1 Lap

20

Max Chilton

Dallara/Chevrolet

48

2 Laps

21

Conor Daly

Dallara/Honda

39

Contact

22

Scott Dixon

Dallara/Chevrolet

6

Mechanical

Points standings

1

Simon Pagenaud

375

2

Helio Castroneves

301

3

Will Power

294

4

Scott Dixon

285

5

Josef Newgarden

283

6

Tony Kanaan

280

7

Carlos Munoz

262

8

Graham Rahal

261

9

Juan Pablo Montoya

259

10

Alexander Rossi

257

11

Ryan Hunter-Reay

256

12

Charlie Kimball

255

13

James Hinchcliffe

242

14

Sebastien Bourdais

222

15

Conor Daly

186

16

Takuma Sato

186

17

Marco Andretti

184

18

Mikhail Aleshin

169

19

Max Chilton

149

20

Jack Hawksworth

129

21

Spencer Pigot

97

22

Gabby Chaves

92

23

J.R. Hildebrand

84

24

Oriol Servia

72

25

Townsend Bell

55

26

Luca Filippi

45

27

Matthew Brabham

37

28

Alex Tagliani

35

29

Pippa Mann

33

30

Ed Carpenter

33

31

Sage Karam

22

32

Bryan Clauson

21

33

Stefan Wilson

14

34

Buddy Lazier

12