Alexander Rossi stormed to his first road course win in the Verizon IndyCar Series on Sunday at Watkins Glen, bouncing back from a fuel hose issue and soaking up pressure from title contender Scott Dixon late on en route to victory.

Rossi was able to convert his maiden IndyCar pole into his first win in the series since his famous success at last year's Indianapolis 500, despite going off-sequence when he was forced into an early stop after being short-fuelled earlier in the race.

Some intensive fuel saving from the Andretti-Herta driver got him back on-sequence, thanks in part to a caution called following an issue for teammate Takuma Sato, pitting with the rest of the field at the final cycle.

Rossi found himself being hounded by Chip Ganassi Racing's Dixon in the closing stages, but held on to record his first win of the year and cap off a big week that started with a new two-year deal at Andretti.

Dixon's second place finish was enough to draw him to within three points of championship leader Josef Newgarden ahead of the season finale at Sonoma, with the Penske racer clipping the wall at pit exit and then being hit by Sebastien Bourdais, leaving him two laps down.

Ryan Hunter-Reay completed a 1-2-3 finish for Honda-powered cars, with Helio Castroneves ending up as the leading Chevrolet runner in P4 for Penske.

Graham Rahal finished fifth for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing ahead of Will Power and Charlie Kimball, with Max Chilton fighting from P20 to finish eighth. Simon Pagenaud took ninth, while Carlos Munoz completed the points for AJ Foyt in P10.

Heading to the season finale at Sonoma in two weeks' time, seven drivers - Newgarden, Dixon, Castroneves, Pagenaud, Power, Rossi and Rahal - are in title contention, with the top four being separated by 34 points.



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