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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



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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)
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)
Juan Pablo Montoya, driver of the #2 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet V-6 IndyCar, qualifies fifth fastest Saturday, August 29, 2015, for Sunday`s Verizon IndyCar Series race at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California. Montoya is leading the Driver`s Championship in points heading into this final race of the season. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/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 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)
Ryan Hunter-Reay apexes the Turn 9A chicane during practice for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay sits in his Andretti Autosport Honda on pit lane prior to practice for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway. (Photo by: Shawn Gritzmacher for IndyCar Media)
Oriol Servia is strapped into his Andretti Autosport Honda prior to practice for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Oriol Servia on course during practice for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway. (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Will Power on pit lane prior to practice for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway. (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)

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