Rossi wins, Newgarden crashes in pits at The Glen

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Monday 4th September, 2017 - 7:21am

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Alexander Rossi

The 2017 IndyCar Series will go to down to the wire after Josef Newgarden’s lead fell to three points with a race remaining, while Alexander Rossi won at Watkins Glen.

Newgarden hit the wall at pit exit during the final round of pit stops and was shunted by Sebastien Bourdais as a result, damaging the rear suspension of the #2 Team Penske Chevrolet.

The necessary repairs left Newgarden two laps off the pace, while his nearest challenger in Scott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Honda) finished just behind Rossi in second.

Polesitter Rossi dominated much of the race despite the disruption of a fuel pump problem and the whole field pitting for slicks at the end of Lap 1, having started on wets on what turned out to be a nearly dry track.

Rossi received just a fraction of the fuel required when he pitted under a Caution caused by Andretti Autosport Honda team-mate Takuma Sato slowing with a turbo problem on Lap 15 of the 60-lap race.

Andretti brought Rossi in again from the lead nine laps later for a full fuel load, putting him out of sequence and down the field.

However, he cycled back to the front within three laps when Sato’s delayed car spun and triggered another Caution under which everyone else pitted.

Once back in first place, Rossi turned up the wick and led by as much as 12 seconds during the next stint.

Newgarden was back in eighth in the middle of the race, demoted by drivers out of sequence benefiting from yellow timing as Rossi had.

He moved into a temporary lead by staying out late for his final stop, only to crash in the pit exit.

Bourdais (Dale Coyne Honda) and Tony Kanaan (Chip Ganassi Honda) were also caught out in the resulting shunt, which triggered the final yellow.

Rossi was able to keep Dixon at bay for the subsequent 11-lap run to the flag and cap a weekend that had begun with a new Andretti Autosport deal with his first IndyCar win on a road course.

Ryan Hunter-Reay made it two Andretti cars on the podium after a strong race that included some assertive moves in the opening laps.

Helio Castroneves (Team Penske Chevrolet) kept his own title hopes alive with fourth, having out-duelled Rossi to lead for a spell in the first part of the race before a slow pitstop dropped him back.

Graham Rahal (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda) had a quiet race to fifth.

Sixth kept Will Power (Team Penske Chevrolet) mathematically in the title hunt but he struggled with a semi-wet set-up all race and just fended off Charlie Kimball, who salvaged seventh despite two off-road excursions.

Kimball’s Ganassi team-mate Max Chilton resisted reigning champion Simon Pagenaud (Team Penske Chevrolet) and AJ Foyt Honda duo Carlos Muñoz and Conor Daly for eighth.

The final race of the season is the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma on September 15-17.

VIDEO: Grand Prix at The Glen: Sunday highlights


Results: Grand Prix at The Glen

Pos Driver Grid C/A/E/T Laps Race time, gap Laps led Status Pit stops
1 Alexander Rossi 1 D/H/H/F 60 1:42:03.9024 32 Running 4
2 Scott Dixon 2 D/H/H/F 60 +0.9514 2 Running 4
3 Ryan Hunter-Reay 7 D/H/H/F 60 +7.1592 4 Running 4
4 Helio Castroneves 6 D/C/C/F 60 +8.8938 13 Running 4
5 Graham Rahal 10 D/H/H/F 60 +11.8863 Running 4
6 Will Power 8 D/C/C/F 60 +15.3787 Running 4
7 Charlie Kimball 5 D/H/H/F 60 +16.1639 Running 4
8 Max Chilton 19 D/H/H/F 60 +28.0410 Running 4
9 Simon Pagenaud 12 D/C/C/F 60 +28.2941 Running 4
10 Carlos Muñoz 11 D/C/C/F 60 +29.4972 Running 4
11 Conor Daly 14 D/C/C/F 60 +30.2436 Running 4
12 Spencer Pigot 13 D/C/C/F 60 +32.3478 8 Running 5
13 Ed Jones (R) 15 D/H/H/F 60 +33.1533 Running 4
14 Jack Harvey (R) 18 D/H/H/F 60 +35.6826 Running 5
15 JR Hildebrand 21 D/C/C/F 60 +41.5905 Running 5
16 Marco Andretti 20 D/H/H/F 60 +52.7948 Running 4
17 Sebastien Bourdais 9 D/H/H/F 60 +54.0444 Running 6
18 Josef Newgarden 3 D/C/C/F 58 +2 laps 1 Running 7
19 Takuma Sato 4 D/H/H/F 56 +4 laps Running 6
20 Tony Kanaan 17 D/H/H/F 46 +14 laps Contact 4
21 James Hinchcliffe 16 D/H/H/F 5 +55 laps Mechanical 1

(C)hassis: D=Dallara | (A)erokit: C=Chevy, H=Honda | (E)ngine: C=Chevy, H=Honda | (T)yre: F=Firestone

Championship points

Pos Driver Pts
1 Josef Newgarden 560
2 Scott Dixon 557
3 Helio Castroneves 538
4 Simon Pagenaud 526
5 Will Power 492
6 Alexander Rossi 476
7 Graham Rahal 466
8 Takuma Sato 421
9 Tony Kanaan 375
10 Ryan Hunter-Reay 373
11 James Hinchcliffe 360
12 Max Chilton 360
13 Marco Andretti 336
14 Ed Jones 332
15 JR Hildebrand 315
16 Carlos Muñoz 298
17 Charlie Kimball 289
18 Conor Daly 264
19 Mikhail Aleshin 237
20 Spencer Pigot 184
21 Sebastien Bourdais 170
22 Ed Carpenter 169
23 Gabby Chaves 98
24 Juan Pablo Montoya 93
25 Esteban Gutierrez 91
26 Sebastian Saavedra 80
27 Oriol Servia 61
28 Fernando Alonso 47
29 Jack Harvey 33
30 Pippa Mann 32
31 Jay Howard 24
32 Zach Veach 23
33 Sage Karam 23
34 James Davison 21
35 Tristan Vautier 15
36 Buddy Lazier 14