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Conway beats Power in chaotic Long Beach GP

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Monday 14th April, 2014 - 9:19am

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Mike Conway

Mike Conway

Mike Conway came through an incident packed race to lead Will Power home for his second Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach victory.

The Brit, only hired to compete in IndyCar’s street/road events by Ed Carpenter, stayed out of trouble to win the 40th running of the iconic event after starting from a lowly 17th on the grid.

New Zealand’s Scott Dixon appeared to have done enough to take victory but the  Ganassi driver was forced to pit for fuel with two laps remaining which handed Conway the win.

Power, who endured a disappointing qualifying, came from 14th on the grid to follow Conway over the finish line with Carlos Munoz in third.

Ryan Hunter-Reay made strong start from pole to lead the field into the first corner.

Sebastien Bourdais slotted into second with James Hinchcliffe third and Simon Pagenaud in fourth.

The poleman built a comfortable 3.2s lead before Bourdais brought out the first caution when he hit the barriers at turn 8 on lap 33.

On the restart, Hunter-Reay continued to lead from Hinchcliffe before Bourdais brought out the yellow flags again after burying his car deep in the barriers this time.

Hinchcliffe pushed Hunter-Reay hard when racing resumed while Power applied pressure on Newgarden in third.

The next round of pit stops proved crucial as Newgarden emerged from the pits in the lead and ahead of Hunter-Reay.

The 2012 IndyCar champion immediately tried to pass Newgarden but a misjudged move sent them both into the barriers.

Hinchcliffe was left with no where to go and joined the pair along with Tony Kanaan, Takuma Sato and Jack Hawkswoth.

However, Dixon, Power and Conway, who had made good progress during the race, managed to find a way through the carnage to inherit the top three positions.

Conway managed to pass Power on the restart and he soon latched on to the back of leader Dixon.

A caution for a spinning Graham Rahal gave Dixon, who was quickly running out of fuel a reprieve.

But it wasn’t enough as Dixon was forced to pit from the lead for fuel allowing Conway the chance to take the chequered flag for the second time at Long Beach.

Power boosted his championship lead by coming home in second ahead of Munoz.

Australian Ryan Briscoe finished 20 laps down in 17th spot after his Chip Ganassi entry suffered from engine issues.

See below for full result

 1  Mike Conway Carpenter/Chevy 1:54.41.6418
 2 Will Power Penske/Chevy +0.9005
 3 Carlos Munoz Andretti/Honda 1.5591
 4 Juan Pablo Montoya Penske/Chevy 2.0226
 5 Simon Pagenaud Schmidt/Honda 2.8169
 6 Mikhail Aleshin Schmidt/Honda 3.8574
 7 Oriol Servia Rahal/Honda 4.9621
 8 Marco Andretti Andretti/Honda 8.1948
 9 Sebastian Saavedra KV/Chevy 8.9029
10 Carlos Huertas Coyne/Honda 24.2295
11 Helio Castroneves Penske/Chevy 30.0552
12 Scott Dixon Ganassi/Chevy 30.7310
13 Graham Rahal Rahal/Honda +1 lap
14 Sebastien Bourdais KV/Chevy +3 laps
15 Jack Hawksworth Herta/Honda +3 laps
16 Justin Wilson Coyne/Honda 64 laps
17 Ryan Briscoe Ganassi/Chevy 60 laps
18 Tony Kanaan Ganassi/Chevy 55 laps
19 Josef Newgarden Fisher/Honda 55 laps
20 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti/Honda 55 laps
21 James Hinchcliffe Andretti/Honda 55 laps
22 Takuma Sato Foyt/Honda 55 laps
23 Charlie Kimball Ganassi/Chevy 41 laps

Standings after two rounds

Pos Driver Points
1 Will Power 93
2 Mike Conway 66
3 Simon Pagenaud 60
4 Hélio Castroneves 55
5 Ryan Hunter-Reay 54
6 Scott Dixon 51
7 Carlos Muñoz 48
8 Juan Pablo Montoya 47
9 Mikhail Aleshin 46
10 Sebastian Saavedra 42
11 Tony Kanaan 40
12 Justin Wilson 38
13 Takuma Sato 36
14 Josef Newgarden 34
15 Ryan Briscoe 33
16 Graham Rahal 33
16 Sébastien Bourdais 33
18 Marco Andretti 32
19 Carlos Huertas 32
20 Oriol Servià 26
21 Jack Hawksworth 24
22 James Hinchcliffe 20
23 Charlie Kimball 17

 

 

 

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