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Sonoma: Race results

A late-race caution enabled Ryan Briscoe to jump ahead of his Penske team mate Will Power to win at Sonoma, after misfortune took Scott Dixon and Ryan Hunter-Reay out of contention.
Will Power looked certain to claim another win in the Indy Grand Prix at Sonoma, but after leading 57 of the 85 laps he was caught out by a sluggish pit stop at a crucial point of the race which included a yellow flag coming out for a violent accident involving Sebastien Bourdais and Josef Newgarden on lap 65.

Power's Penske team mate Ryan Briscoe took best advantage of the situation and jumped from second place to lead at the restart on lap 74. Suffering from some minor problems with his engine and his push-to-pass, Power decided a safe finish in second was better than risking all while vying for the win, and he duly focused on coming in ahead of Dario Franchitti and Rubens Barrichello at the chequered flag.

By this point, Power was also safe in the knowledge that his main rivals for the championship were out of the running for strong finishes. Scott Dixon and Helio Castroneves had earlier clashed at the new turn 7 hairpin on lap 1, and Dixon's fightback from that early misfortune ended with further front wing damage and a penalty for running over pit lane equipment. Ryan Hunter-Reay was tipped into his own even more costly spin at the same corner by Alex Tagliani on lap 75, while James Hinchcliffe retired on lap 35 with oil pressure issues.

Full race report now available.

Race results

1. #28 Ryan Briscoe (C) Penske 2:07:02.8248s (85 laps)
2. 22 Will Power (C) Penske + 0.4408
3. 20 Dario Franchitti (H) Ganassi + 1.0497
4. 78 Rubens Barrichello (C) KV Racing + 8.8529
5. 14 Graham Rahal (H) Ganassi + 9.4667
6. 17 Helio Castroneves (C) Penske + 11.2575
7. 5 Simon Pagenaud (H) Schmidt + 12.3087
8. 26 JR Hildebrand (C) Panther + 22.8121
9. 27 Alex Tagliani (H) Bryan Herta + 39.6868s
10. 15 Tony Kanaan (C) KV Racing + 1 lap
11. 6 Justin Wilson (H) Dale Coyne + 1 lap
12. 83 James Jakes (H) Dale Coyne + 1 lap
13. 7 Scott Dixon (H) Ganassi + 1 lap
14. 67 Mike Conway (H) AJ Foyt + 1 lap
15. 8 Sebastian Saavedra (C) Andretti + 1 lap
16. 38 EJ Viso (C) KV Racing + 1 lap
17. 3 Simona de Silvestro (L) HVM + 1 lap
18. 2 Ryan Hunter-Reay (C) Andretti + 1 lap
19. 12 Oriol Servia (C) Panther/DRR + 1 lap
20. 10 Ed Carpenter (C) ECR + 1 lap
21. 77 Charlie Kimball (H) Ganassi + 3 laps
22. 18 Sebastien Bourdais (C) Dragon + 22 laps Contact
23. 19 Josef Newgarden (H) SFHR + 23 laps Contact
24. 9 Katherine Legge (C) Dragon + 37 laps Mechanical
25. 4 Marco Andretti (C) Andretti + 39 laps Mechanical
26. 98 James Hinchcliffe (C) Andretti + 50 laps Mechanical
27. 11 Takuma Sato (H) Rahal + 83 laps Off Course

Fastest lap: Ryan Hunter-Reay, 1:19.1848s (108.430mph) on lap 82



Related Pictures

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Penske`s Ryan Briscoe takes the chequered flag flag and wins the GoPro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma. (c) 2012, Camden Thrasher. (Photo Credit: INDYCAR/LAT USA)
Simon Pagenaud and Ryan Briscoe go wheel-to-wheel during the Open Test at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Joe Skibinski for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon streaks across the start/finish line during the Open Test at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon crosses the start/finish line during the Open Test at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Will Power sits on pit lane prior to the evening Open Test session at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Joe Skibinski for IndyCar Media)
Will Power in his pit stand at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Joe Skibinski for IndyCar Media)
Will Power in his pit stand prior to track activity during the Open Test at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon leaves pit lane (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Cars jostling for position through turn 2 during the start of the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Racewa (Photo by: Richard Dowdy 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)

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