Will Power wins Sonoma IndyCar event after Scott Dixon penalized

Aug. 25, 2013 at 8:40 PM
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SONOMA, Calif., Aug. 25 (UPI) -- Will Power grabbed the lead after a controversial penalty on Scott Dixon Sunday and held on to claim an IndyCar Series event at Sonoma Raceway.

Dixon held the lead and Power was second when the two drivers pitted on lap 65, but after numerous video reviews, race officials determined Dixon had crossed into Power's pit box, where his car bumped into one of Power's crew members.

The impact caused the crew member to fall into two compatriots. All three were slightly injured in the incident.

Dixon exited pit road with Power close behind, but he was assessed a drive-thru penalty after a restart with 15 laps to go, allowing Power to take the lead.

Power retained the lead the rest of the way, beating Justin Wilson by 1.2 seconds during four-lap sprint to the finish for his 19th career IndyCar victory, breaking a 25-race winless streak.

Dixon ended up finishing 15th.

Pole sitter Dario Franchitti claimed third, with Marco Andretti and Simon Pagenaud rounding out the Top 5.

Points leader Helio Castroneves increased his lead over Dixon to eight points with a seventh-place showing.

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