Dixon wins dramatic Edmonton IndyCar race

Kiwi driver Scott Dixon

Kiwi driver Scott Dixon

Scott Dixon has taken victory in a dramatic Honda Edmonton Indy at the City Centre Airport Circuit today.

Championship leader Will Power led the majority of the race, eventually finishing second, but only after being apart of a controversial move by his Team Penske team-mate Helio Castroneves.

The Brazilian overtook Power in Turns 1 and 2 of lap 78, going on to pull a 1.5s gap. That advantage was eroded when another full course caution was called on lap 89 when Simona de Silvestro car ran out of fuel. Castroneves led the field into turn one at the restart, with Power making a bid to regain the lead he had held for 76 laps. Power’s attempt was unsuccessful, but during the final Safety Car restart on lap 92, Power tried again – this time on the outside. Dixon took advantage of the battling leading pair to slip through into second. Controversially, Castroneves was served with a black flag penalty for blocking.

Castroneves crossed the line first, but was relegated to 10th due to not serving his penalty before race-end, leaving Dixon to take the win ahead of Power, Franchitti and Briscoe.

Castroneves’ demise promoted Dario Franchitti and Ryan Briscoe into third and fourth place – all top four finishers are Armor All Gold Coast 600 entrants – Dixon (Jack Daniel’s Racing), Power (Ford Performance Racing), Franchitti (Jim Beam Racing) and Briscoe (Toll Holden Racing Team).

Winner Dixon says that the rules are very clear.

“(Race director) Brian Barnhart always says that if you’re blocking going into any corner and you are on the right side – especially into Turn 1, you’re going to get a penalty,” he said.

“We get told every week, so you could see something was going to happen. We had a great run with the Target car and kept it in a typical line. It was a tough day. The Target car was pretty loose. I can’t believe that we won.”

Power admitted the Castroneves’ penalty was harsh.

“I got a run on him and he blocked me,” Power said.

“I would say a black flag is a pretty harsh penalty, but it is what it is. It was just one of those racing things. When you’re leading on the last restart you want to keep the lead.”

Castroneves described the penalty as “absurd.”

“I never moved my line. I actually did move him outside. When you go side by side like that with your team-mate and they just take it away from you, it’s just absurd,” he said.

1. (3) Scott Dixon 95 Running
2. (1) Will Power 95 Running
3. (4) Dario Franchitti 95 Running
4. (5) Ryan Briscoe 95 Running
5. (8) Ryan Hunter-Reay 95 Running
6. (15) Paul Tracy 95 Running
7. (14) Mario Moraes 95 Running
8. (6) EJ Viso 95 Running
9. (13) Takuma Sato 95 Running
10. (2) Helio Castroneves 95 Running
11. (16) Marco Andretti 94 Running
12. (24) Tony Kanaan 94 Running
13. (10) Raphael Matos 94 Running
14. (20) Bertrand Baguette 94 Running
15. (21) Danica Patrick 94 Running
16. (23) Vitor Meira 93 Running
17. (11) Hideki Mutoh 93 Running
18. (18) Alex Lloyd 92 Running
19. (12) Tomas Scheckter 90 Running
20. (22) Dan Wheldon 90 Running
21. (9) Justin Wilson 88 Running
22. (7) Simona de Silvestro 87 Out of Fuel
23. (19) Alex Tagliani 52 Contact
24. (17) Mario Romancini 52 Contact
25. (25) Milka Duno 4 Handling

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