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2017 Watkins Glen: IndyCar Race Results - Rossi, Honda Win!
Posted by: ASkyler on Sep 03, 2017 - 03:54 PM
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2017 Watkins Glen: IndyCar Race Results - Rossi, Honda Win!



 Alexander Rossi and his No. 98 Andretti Autosport Honda overcame a fuel issue to win the IndyCar Grand Prix at Watkins Glen.

Alexander Rossi and his No. 98 Andretti Autosport Honda overcame a fuel issue to win the IndyCar Grand Prix at Watkins Glen.
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By Mike Sulka

No rain. Alexander Rossi and his No. 98 Andretti Autosport Honda overcame a fuel issue to win the IndyCar Grand Prix at Watkins Glen. For Rossi, it is his first IndyCar win of the year, and second of his career. It is also his fourth career IndyCar podium.

In second, Scott Dixon and his No. 9 Ganassi Honda picked up his seventh podium of the season and 93rd of his IndyCar career. It is also his 96th major open-wheel podium. Dixon is now just three points behind Josef Newgarden heading into the season finale.

Ryan Hunter-Reay and his No. 28 Honda would round out the podium. It was his third of the season, and 38th major open-wheel podium.

Helio Castroneves - 22 points behind in the championship - and Graham Rahal rounded out the top five.

Recap

Polesitter Alexander Rossi would get a slow start, while Josef Newgarden would slingshot past in Turn One... but he couldn't keep the lead as Rossi would accelerate past to take the lead. Between them Scott Dixon watched on, and held second.

Pitstops would start on Lap 2, and nearly the full field would stop to change from the wet Firestone tires to the slicks.

At the end of Lap three, the order would be: Helio Castroneves, Alexander Rossi, Josef Newgarden, Ryan Hunter-Reay, and Scott Dixon. The first yellow of the race would be for James Hinchcliffe pulled to the side of the road and needed to be towed back to pitlane. It was a gearbox issue as Hinchcliffe tried to select fourth gear, it chose first gear instead. Ouch.

The Lap Nine restart would have Castroneves out front followed by Rossi, Newgarden, Dixon, and Hunter-Reay. Dixon would get past Newgarden and slot into third.

The second yellow would fly on Lap 15 as Takuma Sato pulled off. Most of the leaders would pit with five drivers choosing an alternate strategy, thus Spencer Pigot would lead the field to the Lap 18 green.

Ryan Hunter-Reay would take the lead on Lap 25 as Pigot would pit. Hunter-Reay was followed by Max Chilton (off strategy), Helio Castroneves, Scott Dixon and Marco Andretti. Three laps later, the caution flags would fly again for Takuma Sato, again, due to a spin.

Alexander Rossi would led the field back to green followed by Pigot, Chilton, JR Hildebrand, and Hunter-Reay. On Lap 43, Rossi and Chilton would pit front the front. Dixon, Hunter-Reay, and championship points leader Josef Newgarden stayed out for one more lap and would pit together. During the exit from pitlane, Newgarden would overcook his exit, and hit the blue steel barrier. Sebastien Bourdais behind was unable to stop, and hit Newgarden's rear causing bodywork damage. Andretti would replicate the incident as he hit the barrier as well, but not as hard.

Team Penske would change Newgarden's rear wing under the fourth yellow of the day, and while their driver returned to the track, he would be in and out of the pits the rest of the race.

Alexander Rossi led the restart with 12 to go. Dixon, Hunter-Reay, and Castroneves were close behind. The order wouldn't change as the four raced to the finish.

Victory for Rossi!

Next up, the season finale at Sonoma Raceway in two weeks.

 
Pos Num Driver Laps

1 98 Alexander Rossi winner
2 9 Scott Dixon 60
3 28 Ryan Hunter-Reay 60
4 3 Helio Castroneves 60
5 15 Graham Rahal 60
6 12 Will Power 60
7 83 Charlie Kimball 60
8 8 Max Chilton 60
9 1 Simon Pagenaud 60
10 14 Carlos Munoz 60
11 4 Conor Daly 60
12 20 Spencer Pigot 60
13 19 ed Jones 60
14 7 Jack Harvey 60
15 21 JR Hildebrand 60
16 27 Marco Andretti 60
17 18 Sebastien Bourdais 60
18 2 Josef Newgarden 58
19 26 Takuma Sato 56
20 10 Tony Kanaan 46
21 5 James Hinchcliffe 5

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