After the conclusion of the race, Road America president and general manager George Bruggenthies announced that IndyCar’s return to the iconic track wasn’t a one time thing.
Will Power started out front and stayed out front Sunday afternoon at Road America, taking the checkered flag for back-to-back wins on the IndyCar circuit.
Helio Castroneves is 74 points back in second, with Team Penske team-mate Power moving up into third just seven further points adrift and Dixon just two ahead of fifth-placed Josef Newgarden.
The slump was uncharacteristic for the 2014 series champion and annual contender.
“You always dread that late restart, but I thought I’m going to make the absolute most of it and do the best I can and try to get a jump”, he said.
Power said his mojo is back after his health issues, but it’s also quite clear that on a warm and sunny Elkhart Lake afternoon, Road America also has its MOJO back. He missed the season opener in March at St. Petersburg after being diagnosed with an inner ear infection.
“I really believe that the extra lap of yellow at the end cost me the race.” said Kanaan “I don’t know all of the details about what happened with the extended yellow, but I’m obviously not in control of that”.
At the front, it was only Kanaan who could get close to Power.
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With Dixon out Power had a 5 second lead over second place Kanaan on lap 10 as the leaders began their first round of pit stops. “I just pushed too hard and made a mistake”, Newgarden said. It’s really a shame as we had really good pace in the vehicle and I think would have been in contention for the win. He has finished 19th, 13th, second and 13th in the past four races, not counting the rain-delayed race at Texas Motor Speedway.
“It’s a real bummer”, Dixon said. “Still in it. Still in it. There could be a 100-point swing in the last race”. That wasn’t the case on Sunday at Road America. Finally, through prodding by friends of his parents, he was taken to several Thursday night modified stock auto races on the old quarter-mile dirt track that was in the infield of the one-mile oval -and he was hooked. “We need more races like this”. Once we got going, in the end the – I think with the rubber down (on the track), everything started to suit us.
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“I saved my remaining two Push-to-Pass adjustments for just that reason”.
“I think we put on a great show for the fans”, Newgarden said. Dixon dropped to fourth in the points standings. “We’ll find out what the problem is and not have it again”.