Road America IndyCar: Rossi leads every lap to take dominant win

Dominik Wilde
Autosport
Rossi dominates Road America race
Rossi dominates Road America race

Alexander Rossi dominated IndyCar's Road America race to take his second win of the season, ending a run of three second places from the last four races.

The Andretti Autosport driver passed polesitter Colton Herta in the opening sequence of corners on the first lap and never looked back, leading all 55 laps and crossing the line almost 30 seconds clear of second-place finisher Will Power.

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Power was comfortably ahead of Penske team-mate Josef Newgarden, who resisted a late charge from Graham Rahal to secure the final podium spot.

Scott Dixon completed the top five, fighting back from last place after he was pitched into a spin by Ryan Hunter-Reay on the opening lap.

Dixon took fifth on the final lap, breezing past a struggling Herta.

Herta eventually finished eighth after contending with a number of issues during the race.

After being passed by Rossi at the start, Herta was further held up by a fuel hose issue during his first pitstop, and then made contact with Simon Pagenaud on lap 21.

In the final laps, fighting with heavy worn tyres, Herta struggled to keep on track and had to fend off the Chip Ganassi Racing pairing of Dixon and Felix Rosenqvist, as well as James Hinchcliffe.

Rossi dominates Road America race
Rossi dominates Road America race

After initially repassing Hinchcliffe, who briefly got by, Herta lost out to Dixon, Rosenqvist, and Hinchcliffe once more in the space of a few corners.

Herta did however beat Indianapolis 500 winner Pagenaud, who fought back to ninth place after his earlier contact with the Harding Steinbrenner driver.

Takuma Sato rounded out the top 10, despite an early excursion over the grass after making contact with Hinchcliffe.

He bettered fellow early struggler Ryan Hunter-Reay, who took 11th, ahead of Sebastien Bourdais and Marcus Ericsson.

There was only one retirement in the race, with Marco Andretti's race ending on lap 20 when his car developed an electrical problem. He had been running in the top 10 before the problem arose.

Result - 55 laps

Pos

Driver

Team

Car

Gap

1

Alexander Rossi

Andretti Autosport

Dallara/Honda

1h39m40.4743s

2

Will Power

Team Penske

Dallara/Chevrolet

28.4391s

3

Josef Newgarden

Team Penske

Dallara/Chevrolet

31.8443s

4

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Dallara/Honda

33.4094s

5

Scott Dixon

Chip Ganassi Racing

Dallara/Honda

39.1173s

6

Felix Rosenqvist

Chip Ganassi Racing

Dallara/Honda

41.7825s

7

James Hinchcliffe

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Dallara/Honda

45.5520s

8

Colton Herta

Harding Racing

Dallara/Honda

47.6935s

9

Simon Pagenaud

Team Penske

Dallara/Chevrolet

53.8945s

10

Takuma Sato

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Dallara/Honda

58.9047s

11

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Dallara/Honda

1m01.0878s

12

Sebastien Bourdais

Dale Coyne Racing

Dallara/Honda

1m03.9724s

13

Marcus Ericsson

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Dallara/Honda

1m17.7859s

14

Spencer Pigot

Ed Carpenter Racing

Dallara/Chevrolet

1m19.6032s

15

Jack Harvey

Meyer Shank Racing

Dallara/Honda

1m42.2456s

16

Max Chilton

Carlin

Dallara/Chevrolet

1m46.5309s

17

Patricio O'Ward

Carlin

Dallara/Chevrolet

1 Lap

18

Zach Veach

Andretti Autosport

Dallara/Honda

1 Lap

19

Santino Ferrucci

Dale Coyne Racing

Dallara/Honda

1 Lap

20

Matheus Leist

AJ Foyt Enterprises

Dallara/Chevrolet

1 Lap

21

Tony Kanaan

AJ Foyt Enterprises

Dallara/Chevrolet

1 Lap

22

Ed Jones

Ed Carpenter Racing

Dallara/Chevrolet

1 Lap

23

Marco Andretti

Andretti Herta

Dallara/Honda

Mechanical

Drivers' standings

Pos

Driver

Points

1

Josef Newgarden

402

2

Alexander Rossi

395

3

Simon Pagenaud

341

4

Scott Dixon

308

5

Will Power

294

6

Takuma Sato

292

7

Ryan Hunter-Reay

271

8

Graham Rahal

244

9

James Hinchcliffe

216

10

Felix Rosenqvist

209

11

Sebastien Bourdais

208

12

Santino Ferrucci

204

13

Spencer Pigot

194

14

Colton Herta

183

15

Marcus Ericsson

183

16

Marco Andretti

174

17

Tony Kanaan

156

18

Zach Veach

153

19

Ed Jones

152

20

Matheus Leist

145

21

Jack Harvey

133

22

Patricio O'Ward

115

23

Max Chilton

101

24

Ed Carpenter

82

25

Conor Daly

59

26

James Davison

36

27

Helio Castroneves

33

28

Charlie Kimball

32

29

Ben Hanley

31

30

Pippa Mann

28

31

Kyle Kaiser

22

32

Sage Karam

22

33

J.R. Hildebrand

20

34

Oriol Servia

16

35

Jordan King

12

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