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Power wins, Dixon’s title hopes all but over

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Monday 2nd September, 2019 - 10:53am

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Will Power has won the penultimate IndyCar race of the season at Portland after Scott Dixon suffered a battery problem while leading.

Colton Herta led the first 36 laps from pole position but was wanting for tyre life when he was overtaken by Dixon on Lap 37.

Power dropped from second to fourth when he tried to attack Herta through the opening complex, before regaining a spot from Jack Harvey (#60 Meyer Shank Racing w/ SPM Honda) when the race restarted after a Lap 1 Caution.

The Queenslander was also able to pick off Herta as a consequence of Dixon’s move, with the Chip Ganassi Racing driver and Team Penske driver remaining first and second respectively once pit stops shook out a few laps later.

Dixon was around three seconds to the good when his #9 Honda slowed on Lap 52 and he was ultimately classified 16th having dropped three laps due to the drama.

The New Zealander’s team-mate, Felix Rosenqvist, remained a threat to Power with his #10 Honda on alternate compound tyres and the #12 Chevrolet in font on primaries.

However, Power moved the gap between them from less then a second to over three by the time he pitted for a second time on Lap 73.

Rosenqvist was into the lane a lap later and took up second position again, with Power still around three seconds to the good until a Caution came with eight laps remaining when Santino Ferrucci stopped on track in the #19 Dale Coyne Racing Honda.

Power not only survived the restart with four laps to go but put almost half a second on Rosenqvist in one lap alone.

He comfortably took his second victory in three races, having previously been winless in 2019, and 37th of his career.

Behind Rosenqvist, Alexander Rossi moved up to second in the series by greeting the chequered flag in third in the #27 Honda, having twice barely escaped being caught up in others’ collisions early in the race.

The Andretti Autosport driver trails Josef Newgarden by 41 points after the Team Penske man came from 13th on the grid to fifth in the #2 Chevrolet.

Newgarden’s points lead actually grew by three because team-mate Simon Pagenaud finished seventh after his #22 Chevrolet copped a hit in the mess which caused the first Caution.

Dixon is 85 points from top spot with the finale at Laguna Seca on September 20-22 (local time).

Race results: Portland

Pos Num Driver C/E/T Race time/Split Pit stops Status Grid pos
1 12 Will Power D/C/F 1:58:43.0036 2 Running 2
2 10 Felix Rosenqvist (R) D/H/F +2.7885 2 Running 5
3 27 Alexander Rossi D/H/F +4.5839 2 Running 7
4 88 Colton Herta (R) D/H/F +5.2280 2 Running 1
5 2 Josef Newgarden D/C/F +5.8539 2 Running 13
6 21 Spencer Pigot D/C/F +6.7477 3 Running 10
7 22 Simon Pagenaud D/C/F +7.9418 2 Running 18
8 4 Matheus Leist D/C/F +8.1898 4 Running 21
9 18 Sebastien Bourdais D/H/F +9.5957 3 Running 12
10 23 Charlie Kimball D/C/F +10.1665 2 Running 22
11 59 Max Chilton D/C/F +1 lap 4 Running 20
12 14 Tony Kanaan D/C/F +1 lap 4 Running 19
13 98 Marco Andretti D/H/F +1 lap 5 Running 16
14 20 Ed Jones D/C/F +1 lap 5 Running 23
15 30 Takuma Sato D/H/F +2 laps 6 Running 17
16 9 Scott Dixon D/H/F +3 laps 4 Running 3
17 19 Santino Ferrucci (R) D/H/F +9 laps 4 Mechanical 14
18 28 Ryan Hunter-Reay D/H/F +24 laps 4 Contact 6
19 60 Jack Harvey D/H/F +92 laps 0 Contact 4
20 5 James Hinchcliffe D/H/F +105 laps 0 Contact 8
21 7 Conor Daly D/H/F +105 laps 0 Contact 9
22 26 Zach Veach D/H/F +105 laps 0 Contact 11
23 15 Graham Rahal D/H/F +105 laps 0 Contact 15

Race winner: 105 laps
(C)hassis: D=Dallara | (E)ngine: C=Chevy, H=Honda | (T)yre: F=Firestone

Series points

Pos Driver Pts
1 Josef Newgarden 593
2 Alexander Rossi 552
3 Simon Pagenaud 551
4 Scott Dixon 508
5 Will Power 469
6 Takuma Sato 397
7 Ryan Hunter-Reay 380
8 Felix Rosenqvist 365
9 Graham Rahal 353
10 Santino Ferrucci 339
11 Sebastien Bourdais 335
12 James Hinchcliffe 326
13 Colton Herta 316
14 Spencer Pigot 315
15 Tony Kanaan 276
16 Marco Andretti 271
17 Marcus Ericsson 252
18 Zach Veach 247
19 Matheus Leist 235
20 Ed Jones 203
21 Jack Harvey 164
22 Ed Carpenter 161
23 Max Chilton 150
24 Conor Daly 133
25 Patricio O’Ward 115
26 Charlie Kimball 87
27 Sage Karam 39
28 James Davison 36
29 Helio Castroneves 33
30 Ben Hanley 31
31 Pippa Mann 28
32 Kyle Kaiser 22
33 JR Hildebrand 20
34 Oriol Servia 16
35 RC Enerson 13
36 Jordan King 12

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