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Castroneves wins caution-free Edmonton

Kimball received a post-race time penalty in lieu of the drive-thru he would have received otherwise for causing a collision. He had been lucky to escape censure earlier on the race after tangling with Marco Andretti on lap 21, at one point seemingly jinking right and forcing Marco across the forbidden pit lane blend line in order to complete his own pass on the #26 into turn 1.

Sebastien Bourdais did have a drive-thru penalty on lap 29 for blocking, and Josef Newgarden was similarly penalised on lap 52 for speeding on pit lane, but the most controversial call came after Will Power appeared to chop in front of Ryan Hunter-Reay as he emerged from the pit lane and cut across the blend line into the apex of turn 1. Hunter-Reay was furious about the move over the team radio and still fuming after the race about race control's decision not to levy a penalty on Power.

"I expected it to be called, I expected him to be thrown off, but it didn't happen," he said afterwards.

But more crucially, Hunter-Reay had been unable to match Power's ability at working his way through the field over the course of the entire race: where Power made up 14 places over the 75 laps, Hunter-Reay managed to climb only four places from where he started.

"We just needed a yellow. We needed something ... anything," he admitted. "To take an engine penalty on a day like today - at a track with long straights - we expected yellows. Maybe lots of them, but we just didn't get 'em.

"It's strange, with all of the marbles we have out there, you'd expect someone to go off or spin or something," he added. "I was praying for a caution and it didn't come. Had we had a yellow, I think I could have gained spots on the restart."

His seventh place finish has a significant impact in the points standings: while he is still out in front his lead has been pared back: Hunter-Reay has only 23pts over Helio Castroneves who has edged in front of his Penske team mate Will Power by just three points. Scott Dixon and James Hinchcliffe are still just about hanging on, but are at risk of losing touch with the leaders with only four races remaining in the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series season which concludes at Fontana in mid-September.

"It's going to be nail-biting until the end," agreed Hunter-Reay. "It'll be a heckuva shootout at Fontana, and I'll bet it'll come down to a fight between three cars."

Everyone further back - including reigning champion Dario Franchitti - might not be mathematically out of the running just yet, but they will know that their prospects are very much dimmed as the season enters its final leg.

Full Edmonton Indy race results available.




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Ryan Hunter-Reay on track at Edmonton City Center Airport. (c) 2012, Michael L. Levitt. (Photo Credit: INDYCAR/LAT USA)
Winner Helio Castroneves leads Takuma Sato on the final laps of the Edmonton Indy. (c) 2012, Phil Abbott. (Photo Credit: INDYCAR/LAT USA)
Winner Helio Castroneves celebrates winning the Edmonton Indy. (c) 2012, Michael L. Levitt (Photo Credit: INDYCAR/LAT USA)
Scott Dixon is congratulated by Dario Franchitti after winning the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series Championship. (Photo by: Shawn Gritzmacher for IndyCar Media)
Helio Castroneves goes off-course as the field streams by during the opening lap of the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Will Power apexes the Turn 9/9A chicane during the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Will Power leads the field to the green to start the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Will Power exits the Turn 9A chicane complex during qualifications for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway. (Photo by: Shawn Gritzmacher for IndyCar Media)
Will Power, driver of the #1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet V-6 IndyCar, celebrates after qualifying fastest Saturday, August 29, 2015, capturing the pole position for Sunday`s Verizon IndyCar Series race at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California. Power, the 2014 Champion Driver, has an outside chance to repeat during this final race of the season. (Photo by Michael L. Levitt/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Will Power, driver of the #1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet V-6 IndyCar, celebrates after qualifying fastest Saturday, August 29, 2015, capturing the pole position for Sunday`s Verizon IndyCar Series race at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California. Power, the 2014 Champion Driver, has an outside chance to repeat during this final race of the season. (Photo by Sam Cobb/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Will Power, driver of the #1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet V-6 IndyCar, qualifies fastest Saturday, August 29, 2015, capturing the pole position for Sunday`s Verizon IndyCar Series race at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California. Power, the 2014 Champion Driver, has an outside chance to repeat during this final race of the season. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Will Power celebrates after winning the pole position for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Will Power celebrates after winning the pole position for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Will Power celebrates after winning the pole position for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Will Power celebrates after winning the pole position for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Will Power being interviewed after winning the pole position for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway. (Photo by: Richard Dowdy for IndyCar Media)
Penske`s Will Power during practice for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway. (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay reviews telemetry data in his pit stand during practice for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)

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Bomg - Unregistered

July 24, 2012 7:11 AM

Don't know what Ryan Hunter-Reay was up to, he was complaining that Will Power 'blocked' him and then later saying on the radio when he was told Power won't be penalized "You gotta be freakin kiddin me" It's a good attempt from Hunter-Reay to get the 'Moaner of the Day' award, but Vettel was moaning too much still :D

Don - Unregistered

July 23, 2012 2:14 PM

Nice battle between Castroneves and Sato at the end. I would have liked to see Sato get his first win but a podium is good. He finally seems to have learned that to get any type of result, the car has to be in one piece at the end of a race.



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