2020 Road America GP IndyCar Race 1 results

Scott Dixon won the first race of the Road America REV Group Grand Prix double header on Saturday, the third round of the NTT IndyCar Series near Elkhart Lake, WI, from ninth on the starting grid.

The race was the first to be run with full access opened for fans since the Covid-19 pandemic halted racing in March.

Penske’s Josef Newgarden led the 55-lap race from the pole, with a wild first lap ending with the Andretti Autosport cars of Alexander Rossi and Marco Andretti going off and both collecting advertising signs stuck to their front wings.

Newgarden was in control of the race until Lap 28 when his car stalled and took an age to get restarted, falling to 10th. Fellow Penske driver Will Power touched wheels with Santino Ferrucci at the first corner, and despite dropping well down the order he rebounded by pitting early to lead by Lap 31.

Power pulled a hugely aggressive pass on Ganassi’s Scott Dixon to hit the front, with Ferrucci running third ahead of Ryan Hunter-Reay and Jack Harvey. But Harvey crashed out of fifth at Turn 2 on Lap 38, when his front brakes failed and sent him into the gravel trap.

Dixon almost hit Power entering pitroad and then beat him, out as Power was left up on his jacks for too long, while Ferrucci tumbled four spots after clashing with Dalton Kellett as he exited his box.

Dixon led the restart with 14 laps to go but the race went yellow again when Conor Daly hit the wall after clashing with Pato O’Ward. Another restart saw Alex Palou make a spectacular pass on Hunter-Reay for third, but a third yellow was required again for Kellett in the gravel, and race control swapped their positions back. The final restart was with eight laps to go, Palou again passing Hunter-Reay at Turn 1 for third.

Dixon beat Power by 2.5s, with Palou, Hunter-Reay and Colton Herta rounding out the top five. Rahal was right in contention with the leaders early on but suffered a slow early pitstop when his fuel hose failed to connect properly. He battled back to finish seventh, behind Ferrucci.

Newgarden was forced to pit for more tires after locking up at Turn 1 after the first of the restarts and finished down in 15th.

Road America GP IndyCar Race 1 results

ClaDriverTeamLapsTimeGapMph
1 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing55 1:54’09.869  116.027
2 Will Power Team Penske55 1:54’12.408 2.538 115.984
3 Alex PalouDale Coyne Racing with Team Goh55 1:54’13.062 3.192 115.973
4 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport55 1:54’13.854 3.984 115.960
5 Colton HertaAndretti Harding Steinbrenner Autosport55 1:54’17.119 7.249 115.905
6 Santino FerrucciDale Coyne Racing with Vasser Sullivan55 1:54’18.070 8.200 115.889
7 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing55 1:54’21.225 11.355 115.835
8 Patricio O’WardArrow McLaren SP55 1:54’24.654 14.784 115.777
9 Takuma Sato Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing55 1:54’24.874 15.004 115.774
10 Marcus Ericsson Chip Ganassi Racing55 1:54’25.635 15.766 115.761
11 Charlie Kimball A.J. Foyt Enterprises55 1:54’26.039 16.170 115.754
12 Simon Pagenaud Team Penske55 1:54’27.493 17.623 115.730
13 Rinus van Kalmthout Ed Carpenter Racing55 1:54’28.984 19.114 115.704
14 Josef Newgarden Team Penske55 1:54’29.053 19.184 115.703
15 Oliver AskewArrow McLaren SP55 1:54’30.847 20.977 115.673
16 Zach Veach Andretti Autosport55 1:54’32.519 22.649 115.645
17 Max Chilton Carlin55 1:54’47.360 37.490 115.396
18 Felix Rosenqvist Chip Ganassi Racing54 1:54’32.869 1 Lap 113.537
19 Alexander Rossi Andretti Autosport54 1:54’33.402 1 Lap 113.528
20 Dalton Kellett A.J. Foyt Enterprises54 1:54’38.973 1 Lap 113.436
21 Conor Daly Ed Carpenter Racing41 1:21’51.308 14 Laps 120.633
22 Marco AndrettiAndretti Herta Autosport with Marco & Curb-Agajani39 1:15’01.958 16 Laps 125.182
23 Jack Harvey Meyer Shank Racing37 1:09’25.122 18 Laps 128.367

Road America GP IndyCar Race 1 fastest laps

ClaDriverTeamLapsTimeGapMph
1 Marco AndrettiAndretti Herta Autosport with Marco & Curb-Agajani34 1’47.591  134.308
2 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing51 1’48.413 0.821 133.290
3 Alex PalouDale Coyne Racing with Team Goh50 1’48.532 0.940 133.143
4 Felix Rosenqvist Chip Ganassi Racing3 1’48.618 1.027 133.038
5 Will Power Team Penske50 1’48.635 1.044 133.017
6 Josef Newgarden Team Penske5 1’48.658 1.066 132.990
7 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport50 1’48.693 1.101 132.947
8 Marcus Ericsson Chip Ganassi Racing51 1’48.816 1.224 132.796
9 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing8 1’48.913 1.321 132.678
10 Colton HertaAndretti Harding Steinbrenner Autosport50 1’48.975 1.383 132.602
11 Alexander Rossi Andretti Autosport4 1’48.986 1.394 132.589
12 Patricio O’WardArrow McLaren SP51 1’49.010 1.418 132.560
13 Santino FerrucciDale Coyne Racing with Vasser Sullivan51 1’49.098 1.506 132.453
14 Simon Pagenaud Team Penske15 1’49.134 1.543 132.409
15 Oliver AskewArrow McLaren SP53 1’49.186 1.594 132.347
16 Takuma Sato Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing52 1’49.221 1.629 132.304
17 Jack Harvey Meyer Shank Racing5 1’49.318 1.726 132.187
18 Charlie Kimball A.J. Foyt Enterprises51 1’49.347 1.755 132.152
19 Zach Veach Andretti Autosport35 1’49.452 1.860 132.025
20 Rinus van Kalmthout Ed Carpenter Racing29 1’49.461 1.869 132.013
21 Conor Daly Ed Carpenter Racing3 1’49.790 2.198 131.619
22 Max Chilton Carlin32 1’49.867 2.275 131.526
23 Dalton Kellett A.J. Foyt Enterprises4 1’50.548 2.956 130.716

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