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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)
Josef Newgarden, Penske, IndyCar, Barber Motorsports Park
James Hinchcliffe, Long Beach, IndyCar
Alexander Rossi - Andretti Autosport   [pic credit: Indycar Media/Joe Skibinski]
Simon Pagenaud (Team Penske) celebrates winning the 2016 IndyCar title with victory at Sonoma   [pic credit: Chris Owens]
Simon Pagenaud - Team Penske   [pic credit: IndyCar Media/Chris Owens]
Will Power - Team Penske
Scott Dixon (Target Chip Ganassi Racing) on his way to victory at Watkins Glen   [pic credit: Indycar media/Chris Owens]
Scott Dixon (Target Chip Ganassi Racing) on his way to pole at Watkins Glen   [pic credit: Indycar media/Chris Owens]
Scott Dixon leads the Indycar field   [pic credit: Indycar media/Bret Kelley]
Will Power - Team Penske   [pic credit: Indycar media/Chris Jones]
Will Power - Team Penske   [pic credit: Indycar media/Chris Jones]
Will Power - Team Penske   [pic credit: Indycar media/Chris Owens]
Scott Dixon - Target Chip Ganassi Racing   [pic credit: IndyCar Media/JOE SKIBINSKI]
Josef Newgarden - Ed Carpenter Racing   [pic credit: IndyCar Media/Shawn Gritzmacher]
Will Power - Penske  [pic credit: IndyCar Media/Chris Jones]
Will Power - Penske   [pic credit: IndyCar Media/Chris Jones]
James Hinchcliffe - Schmidt Peterson Motorsports   [pic credit: IndyCar Media/Chris Jones]

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