It looked like Will Power‘s race to lose early on, as the Australian driver started today’s IndyCar Grand Prix of Sonoma from a back-to-back pole position. Power needed a strong win to clinch the drivers’ championship ahead of the season finale at Fontana, but it was not be.
Power finished 10th, after a rare mistake that saw the driver spin his car on cold tires. “It took me by surprise when I spun. That’s just racing. I tried to save fuel towards the end, just going for points. I would have liked to have had a better finish, but the Verizon Chevy team will look to Fontana working towards the championship.”
As the championship drama played out, however, it was Scott Dixon- who won at Mid-Ohio earlier this year– who won the race, putting in a masterful drive after rope-a-dope with Graham Rahal’s Honda and Mike Conway’s ethanol-powered Chevy. Dixon watched his rivals, who were running a convincing 1-2, run out of fuel and run out of tire, before finally pouncing on Conway as Rahal coasted into the pits on fumes.
It was the 35th career victory for Dixon, who tied Bobby Unser for fifth on the all-time list, with only A.J. Foyt, Mario and Michael Andretti, and Al Unser ahead of him.
It was a nail-biter of a race at Sonoma- as, perhaps, it always is at the topographically challenging course- and, if my math is right, there are 104 points still left to play for at the double-points-paying finale. That makes it five (5) drivers who still have a shot at the 2014 IndyCar championship, including today’s winner, Scott Dixon, who could theoretically get all 104 points and finish 1 point ahead of Will Power, who’d have to retire from the race early without leading a single lap to realize that scenario.
All I can say is that Sonoma was amazing, and the IndyCar season finale at Fontana next week has all the makings of a classic race. Until then, you can check out Scott Dixon’s incredible Sonoma win in the official IndyCar infographic at the bottom of the page, and see how the race played out for everyone else, below. Enjoy!
|2||Juan Pablo Montoya||Chevy||5|
|7||Mikhail Aleshin (R)||Honda||7|
|98||Jack Hawksworth (R)||Honda||15|
|34||Carlos Munoz (R)||Honda||19|
|83||Charlie Kimball||Chevy||-1 Lap|
|18||Carlos Huertas (R)||Honda||Ret.|
Source | Images: IndyCar.