IndyCar Portland: Power wins as Newgarden steps closer to title

Jake Nichol
Autosport
Power wins as Newgarden steps closer to title
Power wins as Newgarden steps closer to title

Penske's Will Power took victory in IndyCar's Portland race, while team-mate Josef Newgarden's fifth place finish ensures he heads to the Laguna Seca season finale with a commanding championship lead.

Polesitter Colton Herta comfortably headed the chasing pack, with Chip Ganassi Racing's Scott Dixon and Power in close contention in what became a two-stop race for the majority.

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But at one-third distance, Herta was overtaken by Dixon, whose superior traction onto the back-straight allowed the five-time champion to complete the move.

Power, Felix Rosenqvist and Rossi all passing the struggling rookie driver as he battled tyre wear.

With the leaders completing their first pitstops shortly after, Dixon retained the lead ahead of Power once things had shaken out, although Rosenqvist's Chip Ganassi team 'overcut' Rossi to move into third place.

Dixon then began to build his lead in the second stint, enjoying a three-second lead to Power, when his Honda-powered machine suffered from a suspected battery failure at half-distance, forcing him to crawl back to the pits.

But while the team replaced the part, Dixon rejoined down in 16th and three laps down and all but ruling him out of defending his title for a sixth championship.

That meant Power inherited a lead he would never lose, even after a late caution period when Santino Ferucci stopped on the pit straight.

Power crossed the line 2.7s ahead of Rosenqvist, the lead Honda finisher, as Rossi completed the podium.

Herta, who had dropped to 14th after his struggles at the end of the first stint, recovered to take his best result since his maiden victory at Austin in April with fourth.

Newgarden's fifth place means he now holds a 41-point championship lead over Rossi.

After only qualifying in 13th place, Newgarden was caught up in a Turn 1 melee after Graham Rahal misjudged his braking, collecting Zach Veach and both James Hinchcliffe and Conor Daly in the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports-run cars.

Newgarden was forced to take to the escape road and dropped to the rear of the field, where he was accompanied by fellow title hopeful and team-mate Pagenaud, who was tapped into a spin by Max Chilton.

Power wins as Newgarden steps closer to title
Power wins as Newgarden steps closer to title

The Penske pair were handed a reprieve when IndyCar officials reset the race order under the lengthy safety car period, due to a swathe of drivers cutting the chicane at Turn 1, allowing Newgarden and Pagenaud moving up to 11th and 12th respectively.

While Newgarden made progress, Pagenaud became mired in the midfield.

The 2019 Indianapolis 500 winner could only manage seventh, leaving Pagenaud 42 points behind Newgarden with the double-points finale at Laguna Seca to come.

Spencer Pigot impressed once again as he scooped sixth place, his second-best result of the campaign for Ed Carpenter Racing.

Matheus Leist, Bourdais and Charlie Kimball rounded out the top 10, with Marco Andretti's late gamble on pitting under the Ferucci caution backfiring and leaving the #98 Andretti Autosport-run car in 13th.

Race result

Pos

Driver

Team

Car

Laps

Gap

1

Will Power

Team Penske

Dallara/Chevrolet

105

1h58m43.0036s

2

Felix Rosenqvist

Chip Ganassi Racing

Dallara/Honda

105

2.7885s

3

Alexander Rossi

Andretti Autosport

Dallara/Honda

105

4.5839s

4

Colton Herta

Harding Racing

Dallara/Honda

105

5.2280s

5

Josef Newgarden

Team Penske

Dallara/Chevrolet

105

5.8539s

6

Spencer Pigot

Ed Carpenter Racing

Dallara/Chevrolet

105

6.7477s

7

Simon Pagenaud

Team Penske

Dallara/Chevrolet

105

7.9418s

8

Matheus Leist

AJ Foyt Enterprises

Dallara/Chevrolet

105

8.1898s

9

Sebastien Bourdais

Dale Coyne Racing

Dallara/Honda

105

9.5957s

10

Charlie Kimball

Carlin

Dallara/Chevrolet

105

10.1665s

11

Max Chilton

Carlin

Dallara/Chevrolet

104

1 Lap

12

Tony Kanaan

AJ Foyt Enterprises

Dallara/Chevrolet

104

1 Lap

13

Marco Andretti

Andretti Herta

Dallara/Honda

104

1 Lap

14

Ed Jones

Ed Carpenter Racing

Dallara/Chevrolet

104

1 Lap

15

Takuma Sato

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Dallara/Honda

103

2 Laps

16

Scott Dixon

Chip Ganassi Racing

Dallara/Honda

102

3 Laps

17

Santino Ferrucci

Dale Coyne Racing

Dallara/Honda

96

Mechanical

18

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Dallara/Honda

81

Contact

19

Jack Harvey

Meyer Shank Racing

Dallara/Honda

13

Contact

20

James Hinchcliffe

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Dallara/Honda

0

Contact

21

Conor Daly

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Dallara/Honda

0

Contact

22

Zach Veach

Andretti Autosport

Dallara/Honda

0

Contact

23

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Dallara/Honda

0

Contact

Championship standings

Pos

Driver

Points

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

J.R. Hildebrand

20

34

Oriol Servia

16

35

R.C. Enerson

13

36

Jordan King

12



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