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Not as easy as it looked, says Power

"The EJ incident could have really screwed the whole thing up, so I am pleased with my finish," he admitted. He had a ringside seat for EJ Viso's lunge into the turn 5 hairpin that ended up wrecking Scott Dixon's car: "I thought he was way too far behind the guy in front of him to make a move, and sure enough he speared into him [Dixon]. I was very lucky there because I clutched it and I waited for somebody to ram me. I got very lucky at that point in the race!"

Dixon, who ended up with a badly damaged radiator that took five laps in the pits to repair, was understandably not happy with Viso.

"I'm not sure what Viso was doing but he took us out and almost took Dario out as well," said the Kiwi. "It was one of those deals where I could see it happening in my mirror but couldn't get out of his way. We just can't buy a break I guess."

"This for sure was not the result we could have achieved," said Viso in turn. "On one of the restarts I made contact with Dixon, which I feel bad about as he finished the race some laps behind. It was a pretty messy corner and I got too close and braked on the inside and we hit. I then lost a lap waiting to be restarted and from then on there was not much else we could do."

Oriol Servia was another driver left ruing what-might-have-beens, after being punted into the tyre wall by Mike Conway on lap 25. "It was probably the worst race I can remember in a long time," he said. "It seems like drivers are losing judgement lately and finally I see some penalties so that's a good start," commenting on the drive-thru penalty given to Conway for causing the accident.

"Conway came and apologized," Servia added. "He tried to find a hole; I left him space but we had cold tyres and I think he just carried too much speed and just hit me. It's unfortunate and it cost us a position in the point standings."

Tagliani was another driver penalised, for his role in the first lap accident in turn 5 that gave Graham Rahal a puncture that led him to go off the track and end up collecting Paul Tracy in a heavy crash.

"I thought we'd have a good run," rued Rahal. "I knew [our] car was fast and I was playing it safe on the first lap of the race. I was just inside of James Hinchcliffe, trying to protect the inside and Alex Tagliani was in too deep and just went straight through me."

"It was just congestion in Turn 5," the Canadian driver countered. "I was on the inside and trying to give as much room to the guys in front, but everyone was turning and I was trying not to touch anyone on the outside. I was looking on the inside when my wing touched Rahal's inside rear and cut his tyre, I guess."

Tagliani and Conway were the root causes of the only two full course cautions during the 80 laps, but there were other minor incidents through the afternoon that were handled under local waved yellows, such as Ryan Hunter-Reay punting polesitter Takuma Sato into a spin on lap 39.




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Takuma Sato leads Scott Dixon and the rest of the field into turn 1 at Edmonton. [Photo credit: Shawn Gritzmacher for IndyCar Media]
Takuma Sato leads Will Power through turn 1 at Edmonton. [Photo credit: Shawn Gritzmacher for IndyCar Media]
Takuma Sato leads a crowded field into the first corner at the start of the Edmonton Indy. [Photo credit: Daniel Incandela for IndyCar Media]
Ryan Hunter-Reay and Oriol Servia run side by side through turn 1 followed by Helio Castroneves at Edmonton [Photo credit: Shawn Gritzmacher for IndyCar Media]
Ryan Briscoe wrecks after contact with Ryan Hunter-Reay in the closing laps of the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Briscoe wrecks after contact with Ryan Hunter-Reay in the closing laps of the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Briscoe wrecks after contact with Ryan Hunter-Reay in the closing laps of the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Briscoe wrecks after contact with Ryan Hunter-Reay in the closing laps of the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Briscoe wrecks after contact with Ryan Hunter-Reay in the closing laps of the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Helio Castroneves leads the field down the frontstretch during the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon, driver of the #9 Degree Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet V6 IndyCar, raced to a sixth-place finish Saturday, June 27, 2015, in the Verizon IndyCar Series race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Will Power and Takuma Sato crash out during the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Will Power crashes out during the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Graham Rahal drives past the wrecked car of Ryan Briscoe after winning the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California on Saturday, June 27 2015. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon climbs into his car on pit road for his qualifying run during qualifications for the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon on pit lane after qualifications for the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Richard Dowdy for IndyCar Media)
Simon Pagenaud and Ryan Hunter-Reay go side-by-side during practice for the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Helio Castroneves and Marco Andretti go side-by-side during practice for the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)

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