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Sport IndyCar Indianapolis: Power holds off Herta for Harvest GP race 2 victory

01:10  04 october  2020
01:10  04 october  2020 Source:   autosport.com

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Will Power converted pole into victory at IndyCar's Harvest Grand Prix at Indianapolis despite intense pressure from Colton Herta, as Josef Newgarden trimmed Scott Dixon's points lead.

a car on the road: Power holds off Herta for Harvest GP race 2 victory © LAT Images Power holds off Herta for Harvest GP race 2 victory

Penske driver Power made a strong start to maintain the lead as Herta locked up at Turn 1 - but maintained second ahead of Andretti Autosport stablemate Alexander Rossi.

With the race set at 75 laps, opposed to Friday's 85-lap race, most drivers were planning on just two stops and were therefore having to save fuel.

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Power elected to manage the gap up front, holding a 1.6s lead by the 14th lap as Herta began to fall into the clutches of Rossi and Pato O'Ward.

This allowed the Australian driver to build a further break, adding another four seconds to his lead before the pit window for the two-stoppers opened up.

Power and Herta went a lap longer than Rossi and, although Power comfortably retained his lead, Rossi was able to use his warmer tyres to surge past Herta and take second.

Eventually, Rossi began to close in on Power's lead in the second stint before the pit window opened up once more - and Power responded by pitting on lap 52 to force Rossi's hand.

Rossi had opted for the hard, black-walled tyre for the final stint, whereas Power had gone for a scrubbed soft compound like the majority of the field.

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Power was then marginally held up by Marco Andretti while trying to nurse his tyres and fuel, and that allowed Rossi to close up to within 1.6s of the lead Penske, while Rossi too was being caught by Herta.

With 12 laps to go, the trio were covered by just 1.8s, and were 10s up the road from Newgarden in fourth.

Into Turn 1, Herta dived past teammate Rossi to grab second before setting his sights on Power, who was coming up to lap ex-teammate Castroneves.

a close up of a toy car on a track: Power holds off Herta for Harvest GP race 2 victory © LAT Images Power holds off Herta for Harvest GP race 2 victory

Herta got Power's lead down to half a second by lap 70 and, although Castroneves let the duo pass, Herta's progress was stymied by Conor Daly who got himself into a muddle attempting to let the leading cars through.

Despite Herta's best efforts he was unable to close the gap, with Power using his push to pass very cannily and holding on to win by 0.9s.

Rossi dropped to five seconds behind the leading duo, but still beat Newgarden by 3.3s - who just about staved off O'Ward by half a second.

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Jack Harvey clinched sixth place for Meyer Shank Racing ahead of Graham Rahal, who managed to make ground from his 10th-position starting berth.

Dixon finished eighth and dropped further points to Newgarden, meaning that the title showdown will go to the final race - with the pair separated by 32 points heading into the St. Petersburg finale.

The Chip Ganassi-run car of Dixon appeared to have a large gouge from his floor, a legacy of a rub with Hunter-Reay as he passed him around the outside of Turn 7 at the end of the back straight.

Dixon's strategist said that the damage had little effect on the car, and the New Zealander was able to recover plenty of lost ground after a tough qualifying session.

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IndyCar Harvest Grand Prix II results - 75 laps

PosDriverTeamCarGap
1Will PowerTeam PenskeDallara/Chevrolet1h32m08.5228s
2Colton HertaAndretti HardingDallara/Honda0.8932s
3Alexander RossiAndretti AutosportDallara/Honda6.1900s
4Josef NewgardenTeam PenskeDallara/Chevrolet9.5889s
5Patricio O'WardArrow McLaren SPDallara/Chevrolet10.0770s
6Jack HarveyMeyer Shank RacingDallara/Honda17.9886s
7Graham RahalRahal Letterman LaniganDallara/Honda18.5055s
8Scott DixonChip Ganassi RacingDallara/Honda20.5209s
9Alex PalouDale Coyne RacingDallara/Honda23.2356s
10Simon PagenaudTeam PenskeDallara/Chevrolet35.4374s
11Felix RosenqvistChip Ganassi RacingDallara/Honda39.4429s
12Santino FerrucciDale Coyne Racing with Vasser SullivanDallara/Honda40.2812s
13James HinchcliffeAndretti AutosportDallara/Honda52.7124s
14Takuma SatoRahal Letterman LaniganDallara/Honda52.9907s
15Marcus EricssonChip Ganassi RacingDallara/Honda54.5865s
16Ryan Hunter-ReayAndretti AutosportDallara/Honda55.3748s
17Rinus Van KalmthoutEd Carpenter RacingDallara/Chevrolet59.7606s
18Sebastien BourdaisA.J. Foyt EnterprisesDallara/Chevrolet1m10.9683s
19Max ChiltonCarlinDallara/Chevrolet1m11.4686s
20Conor DalyEd Carpenter RacingDallara/Chevrolet1 Lap
21Helio CastronevesArrow McLaren SPDallara/Chevrolet1 Lap
22Marco AndrettiAndretti AutosportDallara/Honda1 Lap
23Charlie KimballA.J. Foyt EnterprisesDallara/Chevrolet1 Lap
24Sage KaramDreyer & ReinboldDallara/Chevrolet1 Lap
25Dalton KellettA.J. Foyt EnterprisesDallara/Chevrolet2 Laps

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