Power dominates IndyCar’s return to Road America

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ELKHART LAKE, Wis. – At a weekend that brought memories of nostalgia in the Verizon IndyCar Series’ return to Road America for the first time since 2007, there were memories of domination past out front.

All day and all weekend belonged to Will Power in the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet.

In a vintage virtuoso Power performance, the Australian led 46 of 50 laps in the KOHLER Grand Prix to secure his 27th career victory and second in a row, after also winning the second race in Detroit three weeks ago.

It’s also Power’s first win at Road America after finishes of 13th and 16th in the Champ Car races there in 2006 and 2007.

Points leader Simon Pagenaud was poised to finish second before Tony Kanaan, who put up a great weekend of his own in the No. 10 NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet, passed him on Lap 47.

Kanaan then put on a clinic in the final few laps to close up on Firestone reds while Power was on blacks, but despite getting within 0.4 of a second on Lap 49, he fell back to 0.7249 of a second back on the final lap.

“TK he had the reds on, and he was coming ahead. He was quick all race,” Power told NBCSN in Victory Lane. “I had my work cut out but I just did everything I could to stay ahead. So stoked to get the Verizon car in victory lane. Thanks to Chevy, phenomenal car, phenomenal engine. Man, we won. So stoked!

“It’s just a great place, just so stoked to win in that way. I was so stoked. I badly wanted to win another race. I needed that one.”

Kanaan was excited for both the weekend and his race, although frustrated to come up short of his first win since 2014.

Graham Rahal also got past in the No. 15 Gehl/D-A Lubricant Honda for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing for third. Kanaan and Rahal had a huge moment earlier in the race when Kanaan moved to avoid hitting Rahal, who merged out into the fast lane of the race track into Turn 1, and Kanaan swept past on the inside anyway.

Ryan Hunter-Reay and Helio Castroneves completed the top five, after Pagenaud started slipping down the order. The likely engine issue resigned the series points leader to a 13th place finish.

Elsewhere, Josef Newgarden finished eighth in his return while driving injured, just behind Charlie Kimball and Juan Pablo Montoya.

Two other Ganassi cars had issues; Scott Dixon was first out with an engine issue, and Max Chilton ran out of fuel prior to a pit stop.

Arguably the hardest luck driver of the day was Conor Daly, who was poised for another top-10 for Dale Coyne Racing. But on Lap 40, Daly had an apparent left rear suspension break that led to a crash out in Turn 1.

Daly later confirmed a left rear lower wishbone snap.

He had ran in the top six most of the race.

Unofficially Pagenaud leads Castroneves by 74 points after the race. The series heads to Iowa Speedway on July 10.

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X44 Racing win 2022 Extreme E championship as Abt Cupra score first race victory

2022 Extreme E Uruguay
Extreme E
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Abt Cupra Racing’s Nasser Al-Attiyah and Klara Andersson scored their first win in the Extreme E Energy X Prix in the 2022 finale in Uruguay as Lewis Hamilton’s X44 Vida Carbon Racing drivers Sebastien Loeb and Cristina Gutierrez survived a chaotic finale to edge the 2021 champion Rosberg X Prix team of Johan Kristoffersson and Mikhaela Ahlin-Kottulinsky, by two points.

“There are so many emotions,” Andersson said in Extreme E’s coverage. “I’ve been waiting for this for so long. In my second race, first full weekend to be at the top of the podium: it’s big.”

Andersson was behind the wheel at the finish.

Rosberg Racing entered the event with a 17-point advantage over X44, but the standings were close enough that four teams remained in contention in Round 5.

“It’s a crucial weekend for us,” Loeb said in Extreme E’s coverage prior to the race. “We are not in the best position to win the championship, but the only thing we can do is try to win the race and score as many points as possible.”

The top two title contenders each crashed in qualification and were relegated to the Crazy Race, Extreme E’s version of the Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ). For the moment, they had the steepest hill to climb, but then the other two championship contending teams, Chip Ganassi Racing and Acciona Sainz Racing failed to advance from their heats.

Only one team advances from the Crazy Race, so the X44 drivers were in a must-win situation to simply keep hope alive.

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Ahlin-Kottulinsky and Gutierrez ran wheel to wheel into the first turn at the start of the LCQ.

The Rosberg racer experienced crash damage in that turn that damaged her front steering, but managed to limp back to the pits at the end of her two-lap stint. The team attempted to fix the steering, but incurred a penalty for having too many mechanics in the pit area.

Meanwhile, Gutierrez took the early lead, but knew she would need to sit through a five-second penalty for an incident earlier in the weekend. The female half of the gender equal pair erased the penalty by entering the Switch Zone with a five-second lead before turning the car over to Loeb.

That was all the nine-time World Rally Championship titlist needed to give him the advantage needed to win the Crazy Race.

But the championship was not over yet. X44 Racing needed to finish third or better in the five-car finale to earn enough points for the title and after advancing from the LCQ, they were forced to take the worst grid position.

A chaotic start to the Finale saw Loeb run as high the lead and low as fourth after getting pushed off course during his first lap. And that is how he entered to Switch Zone.

On her first lap, Gutierrez slammed into Molly Taylor. With one lap remaining, X44 and Gutierrez were still in fourth and the title hope was quickly evaporating, but it was announced halfway through the lap that the third-running Andretti United team would suffer a penalty for a Switch Zone infraction. The seven-second deduction for Timmy Hansen braking too late in the zone made the difference in the title.

Coming off a disappointing Copper X Prix when Tanner Foust and Emma Gilmour crossed under the checkers first, but were relegated to fifth by penalty, the McLaren pair scored their first podium of the season in second.