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Sonoma: Race results

Will Power proved that he was still the master of Sonoma, with his third win at the southern California raceway in four visits - and his first IZOD IndyCar Series win in over a year.
On Sunday afternoon at Sonoma Raceway, Will Power took his first race win since he visited victory lane in Sao Paulo in 2012. It's the 19th win of his IndyCar career and makes him the 10th different winner this season, bringing to an end a protracted 25-race-long winless streak in the IZOD IndyCar Series, and punctured a bubble of frustration that had been building up for the Australian by bringing to an end a protracted 25-race-long winless streak in the IZOD IndyCar Series.

But victory in the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma did not come easy - and certainly not without controversy. Power spent the entire race in a pitched battle with Ganassi's Scott Dixon and it appeared that the Kiwi had the upper hand after winning the final battle off pit road on lap 64 of the 85-lap race. But in doing so, Dixon clipped the tyre changer walked away from the right rear of the #12 car in the Penske pit box, and that resulted in a drive-thru penalty for Dixon that saw him finish the race in 15th place with potentially huge repercussions for the championship battle.

Justin Wilson made an astonishing recovery after being spun early in the race by contact with EJ Viso. Just managing to avoid going a lap down, Wilson then diligently pursued an off-sync pit strategy which allowed him to stick with the fast red-walled option tyres for the rest of the race while others had to cycle through the significantly slower primes, and after a final caution that was perfectly timed to suit Wilson's strategy he came within a whisker of stealing the race from Power at the restart only to have to finally settle for second place.

Polesitter Dario Franchitti got shuffled out of the lead by the Dixon/Power battle early in proceedings, but then kept his head down and worked his way to his fourth podium position in the most recent five races of 2013.

Race results

1. #12 Will Power Penske Chevrolet 2hrs 20mins 46.8226secs after 85 laps
2. #19 Justin Wilson Dale Coyne Honda + 1.193s
3. #10 Dario Franchitti Ganassi Honda + 3.4038s
4. #25 Marco Andretti Andretti Chevrolet + 4.1266s
5. #77 Simon Pagenaud Schmidt Honda + 4.7042s
6. #1 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Chevrolet + 5.1074s
7. #3 Helio Castroneves Penske Chevrolet + 8.5383s
8. #27 James Hinchcliffe Andretti Chevrolet + 9.0231s
9. #78 Simona de Silvestro KV Racing Chevrolet + 9.2858s
10. #7 Sebastien Bourdais Dragon Chevrolet + 11.2082s
11. #15 Graham Rahal RLL Honda + 12.0359s
12. #55 Tristan Vautier Schmidt Honda + 15.1056s
13. #11 Tony Kanaan KV Racing Chevrolet + 17.7606s
14. #5 EJ Viso Andretti-HVM Chevrolet + 18.5207s
15. #9 Scott Dixon Ganassi Honda + 20.2165s
16. #98 JR Hildebrand BHA Honda + 20.7611s
17. #4 Ryan Briscoe Panther Chevrolet + 29.4788s
18. #18 James Davison Dale Coyne Honda + 43.7768s
19. #20 Ed Carpenter Ed Carpenter Chevrolet + 1 laps
20. #83 Charlie Kimball Ganassi Honda + 2 laps

Retirements
#6 Sebastian Saavedra Dragon Chevrolet + 4 laps Contact
#97 Lucas Luhr SFHR Honda + 4 laps Mechanical
#14 Takuma Sato AJ Foyt Honda + 18 laps Suspension
#67 Josef Newgarden SFHR Honda + 29 laps Gearbox
#16 James Jakes RLL Honda + 57 laps Engine

Fastest lap
#12 Will Power Penske Chevrolet 1:19.9320s 107.416mph on lap 74



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Will Power racing during the Grand Prix of Sonoma IndyCar race in Sonoma, California on Sunday, August 25, 2013 (Photo Credit: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Will Power, driver of the #12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, races to victory Sunday, August 25, 2013 during the Grand Prix of Sonoma IndyCar race in Sonoma, California. (Photo by Phillip Abbott for Chevy Racing)
Will Power, driver of the #12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, races to victory Sunday, August 25, 2013 during the Grand Prix of Sonoma IndyCar race in Sonoma, California. (Photo by Phillip Abbott for Chevy Racing)
Will Power, driver of the #12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, celebrates his victory Sunday, August 25, 2013 at the Grand Prix of Sonoma IndyCar race in Sonoma, California. (Photo by Phillip Abbott for Chevy Racing)
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)
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)

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