Pagenaud streaks to tense Alabama IndyCar win

Simon Pagenaud has taken his second straight win for Team Penske at Barber Motorsports Park

Simon Pagenaud has taken his second straight win for Team Penske at Barber Motorsports Park

French ace Simon Pagenaud continued his blistering form to win a hectic Honda Grand Prix at Alabama.

Pagenaud made full use of his pole position to pace the majority of the 90 lap race at the undulating 17-turn Barber Motorsports Park. It was Pagenaud’s second successive victory following his Long Beach triumph last week.

The Team Penske pilot had dominated proceedings until nine laps from the end when Graham Rahal made a forceful move.

Attempting a push-to-pass manoeuvre, Rahal banged the right rear of Pagenaud forcing the #22 off the course, resulting in a reversal of the front two positions.

The incident was immediately flagged by officials as being under investigation but soon after stewards said that they would not take any action.

More frantic action followed with four laps remaining when Rahal was caught out by Jack Hawksworth with the former destroying his already damaged front wing when attempting a pass.

As Rahal made the move, Pagenaud was waiting in the wings and soon pounced to retake the lead and streak away for a 13.7s victory.

Rahal did a fine job of keeping the chasing pack from stealing his second position while Josef Newgarden made a late pass to finish third from Will Power.

Montoya completed a fine rearguard effort finishing fifth after slicing his way from 21st on the grid.

James Hinchcliffe was sixth ahead of Helio Castroneves, Tony Kanaan, Charlie Kimball while Scott Dixon salvaged 10th.

Dixon’s chances were ruined when he was turned around by KVSH Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais on the second restart at the beginning of the race with the latter receiving a penalty for the incident.

The race came down the final round of pit stops with Pagenaud receiving used softer compound red tyres with 24 laps remaining.

He was followed into the pits by Rahal who saw out the finish of the new red rubber.

Power’s chances evaporated when he pitted with 25 laps to go and received primary Firestone tyres during a lengthy stop which dropped him behind Rahal.

After the opening four races Pagenaud has extended his lead to 48 points over Dixon.

VIDEO: Race recap

See below for full results

1

Simon Pagenaud

Dallara/Chevrolet

90

1:48:42.33

2

Graham Rahal

Dallara/Honda

90

13.74

3

Josef Newgarden

Dallara/Chevrolet

90

15.80

4

Will Power

Dallara/Chevrolet

90

16.73

5

Juan Pablo Montoya

Dallara/Chevrolet

90

21.11

6

James Hinchcliffe

Dallara/Honda

90

23.62

7

Helio Castroneves

Dallara/Chevrolet

90

25.53

8

Tony Kanaan

Dallara/Chevrolet

90

27.90

9

Charlie Kimball

Dallara/Chevrolet

90

31.87

10

Scott Dixon

Dallara/Chevrolet

90

39.06

11

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Dallara/Honda

90

40.74

12

Marco Andretti

Dallara/Honda

90

53.36

13

Takuma Sato

Dallara/Honda

90

55.21

14

Carlos Munoz

Dallara/Honda

90

1:03.52

15

Alexander Rossi

Dallara/Honda

90

1:04.86

16

Sebastien Bourdais

Dallara/Chevrolet

89

1 Lap

17

Mikhail Aleshin

Dallara/Honda

89

1 Lap

18

Luca Filippi

Dallara/Honda

89

1 Lap

19

Jack Hawksworth

Dallara/Honda

89

1 Lap

20

Conor Daly

Dallara/Honda

89

1 Lap

21

Max Chilton

Dallara/Chevrolet

89

1 Lap

See below for Series points

1

Simon Pagenaud

188

2

Scott Dixon

140

3

Juan Pablo Montoya

136

4

Helio Castroneves

118

5

Tony Kanaan

106

6

Graham Rahal

100

7

Will Power

94

8

Josef Newgarden

91

9

Takuma Sato

90

10

Ryan Hunter-Reay

87

11

Charlie Kimball

80

12

James Hinchcliffe

75

13

Mikhail Aleshin

70

14

Sebastien Bourdais

69

15

Carlos Munoz

66

16

Max Chilton

64

17

Marco Andretti

61

18

Alexander Rossi

59

19

Conor Daly

59

20

Jack Hawksworth

50

21

Luca Filippi

45

22

Spencer Pigot

16

23

Oriol Servia

12

24

Ed Carpenter

9

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