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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]
The confetti flies as Scott Dixon celebrates winning the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon takes the twin chequered flags to win the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon celebrates his win in Victory Circle after the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
The cars of Ryan Briscoe and Sebastien Bourdais go off course during the start of the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway (Photo by: Richard Dowdy for IndyCar Media)
The cars of Ryan Briscoe and Sebastien Bourdais go off course during the start of the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway (Photo by: Richard Dowdy for IndyCar Media)
The cars of Ryan Briscoe and Sebastien Bourdais go off course during the start of the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway (Photo by: Richard Dowdy for IndyCar Media)
The field scatters as the drivers avoid the cars of Sebastien Bourdais and Ryan Briscoe at Sonoma Raceway (Photo by: Richard Dowdy for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon and the #9 Target Chip Ganassi team celebrate after the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon poses with the trophies after the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay, Scott Dixon and Simon Pagenaud on the podium after the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon toasts his success in the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
The confetti flies as Scott Dixon celebrates winning the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon celebrates winning the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon, driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, celebrates his victory Sunday, August 24, 2014, winning the IndyCar race at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California. (Photo by Russell LaBounty/LAT for Chevy Racing)

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