Pagenaud avoids penalty to win Long Beach GP

Simon Pagenaud has scored his maiden Team Penske and Long Beach win

Simon Pagenaud has scored his maiden Team Penske and Long Beach win

Simon Pagenaud extended his IndyCar points lead after winning the Toyota Grand Prix at Long Beach that was tinged with controversy.

Team Penske driver Pagenaud was able to prevail in a caution-free 80 laps from Chip Ganassi ace Scott Dixon in what was the fastest race in the history of the event.

Poleman Helio Castroneves was third after dominating the first half of the race.

Pagenaud had to survive a looming Dixon in his mirrors over the final few corners after being impeded by slower traffic.

The Frenchman, who was running third for most of the race, pitted on Lap 54 and then rejoined just in front of Dixon ensuring a tense fight.

Pagenaud’s effort to rejoin the fight was soon under question as he appeared to clearly breach the blend line rules.

Stewards investigated the incident and issued the Penske driver with a warning which is set down under the rule for dealing with failing to follow procedures entering or exiting the pits.

Pagenaud was less than repentant when asked about his four tyres crossing the yellow blend line.

“There’s an inch on the racetrack there so I’m good,” Pagenaud responded as he took his first win for the Penske operation.

Dixon had benefitted from a call to pit prematurely for his second stop on lap 51 which dispatched him onto a clear track after he had been hounding Castroneves for the lead.

The New Zealander was clearly unimpressed by the decision to hand Pagenaud with a slap on the wrist.

“I just hope we are not re-circling with our stewardship here and doing warnings. He got a warning. So there’s meant to be no warnings left,” Dixon said.

“I don’t know what that’s all about.”

Juan Montoya was fourth, just holding out a solidly finishing Takuma Sato with Tony Kanaan sixth.

Will Power suffered from a lengthy second stop before taking seventh from James Hinchcliffe, Sebastien Bourdais and Josef Newgarden completing the top 10.

IndyCar moves to Barber Motorsports Park at Alabama for the next round on April 24.

See full results below

1

Simon Pagenaud

Dallara/Chevrolet

80

1:33:54.4835

2

Scott Dixon

Dallara/Chevrolet

80

0.3032

3

Hélio Castroneves

Dallara/Chevrolet

80

10.8376

4

Juan Pablo Montoya

Dallara/Chevrolet

80

12.2162

5

Takuma Sato

Dallara/Honda

80

12.2918

6

Tony Kanaan

Dallara/Chevrolet

80

17.6267

7

Will Power

Dallara/Chevrolet

80

18.7449

8

James Hinchcliffe

Dallara/Honda

80

19.0362

9

Sébastien Bourdais

Dallara/Chevrolet

80

22.9147

10

Josef Newgarden

Dallara/Chevrolet

80

23.6654

11

Charlie Kimball

Dallara/Chevrolet

80

24.2179

12

Carlos Muñoz

Dallara/Honda

80

40.1250

13

Conor Daly

Dallara/Honda

80

47.1809

14

Max Chilton

Dallara/Chevrolet

80

53.9106

15

Graham Rahal

Dallara/Honda

80

56.9082

16

Mikhail Aleshin

Dallara/Honda

80

1:01.2966

17

Luca Filippi

Dallara/Honda

80

1:08.0543

18

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Dallara/Honda

80

1:30.3302

19

Marco Andretti

Dallara/Honda

79

1 Lap

20

Alexander Rossi

Dallara/Honda

79

1 Lap

21

Jack Hawksworth

Dallara/Honda

77

3 Laps

Points standings

1

Simon Pagenaud

134

2

Scott Dixon

120

3

Juan Pablo Montoya

106

4

Hélio Castroneves

92

5

Tony Kanaan

82

6

Takuma Sato

73

7

Ryan Hunter-Reay

68

8

Will Power

62

9

Graham Rahal

59

10

Charlie Kimball

58

11

Mikhail Aleshin

57

12

Josef Newgarden

56

13

Max Chilton

55

14

Sébastien Bourdais

55

15

Carlos Muñoz

50

16

Conor Daly

49

17

James Hinchcliffe

47

18

Alexander Rossi

44

19

Marco Andretti

43

20

Jack Hawksworth

39

21

Luca Filippi

33

22

Spencer Pigot

16

23

Oriol Servià

12

24

Ed Carpenter

9

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