Will Power wins Indy Grand Prix race in Sonoma, CA (controversy!)

Where there is Will Power, there is controversy.  Hate to say it, given that I am a biased Dario Franchitti fan and not much of a Will Power fan, but ask my Indy insider and he will confirm it, Will Power is “sneaky”.  Doesn’t mean he isn’t good, he has long been considered the best road courser driver, with Dario getting the edge on ovals.  But this year, the star of the Gnassi team has been Scott Dixon, take nothing away from Charlie Kimball’s break through victory last race, but “Dixie” has been getting it done this year.  He came into Sonoma, hot in pursuit of Helio Castroneves, the current point leader for this year’s series Championship.  Scott led for most of the race until the unfortunate incident in pit row occurred.  He was just behind Will Power in pit row, the quarters were more than tight, and as Scott began to exit one of Power’s crew members walked around holding a tire out to his left and well, from there you just have to watch the replay and decide for yourself.  Dixon brushed him on his way out, or did he literally walk into the side of Dixon’s car, hard to say, but it was controversial and Dixon was accessed a drive through penalty which cost him the race.  Most importantly, no one was seriously injured, a bit sore, but everyone OK.  Dixon wound up in 15th place and now trails Castroneves by 39 points with four more races to go (maybe five, have to check that one with my Indy expert).  There was carnage everywhere in this race, widely considered one of the more difficult and grueling road races on the Indy tour.  The good news, my guy Dario Franchitti finished third, his fourth podium finish in the last five races and he has quietly moved into the 6th position in the points standings (remember, Dario is a three time series Championship winner, and a three time Indy 500 winner!).  Dario did not talk with reporters after the race, a clear sign he was not too happy about the penalty against his racing teammate, Scott Dixon.  There were a record seven yellow flag cautions as racers ran into each other and ran each other off the course.  At the end of the day, however, Will Power recorded his first victory this season, Justin Wilson finished second, and again, Dario finished third.  Next week, Baltimore!

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