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.

2020 Road America GP IndyCar Race 1 results

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 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.

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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:

Cla # Driver Team Laps Gap
1 9 New Zealand Scott Dixon
United States Chip Ganassi Racing 55
2 12 Australia Will Power
United States Team Penske 55 2.538
3 55 Spain Alex Palou
Dale Coyne Racing with Team Goh 55 3.192
4 28 United States Ryan Hunter-Reay
United States Andretti Autosport 55 3.984
5 88 United States Colton Herta
Andretti Harding Steinbrenner Autosport 55 7.249
6 18 United States Santino Ferrucci
Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser Sullivan 55 8.200
7 15 United States Graham Rahal
United States Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 55 11.355
8 5 Mexico Patricio O'Ward
Arrow McLaren SP 55 14.784
9 30 Japan Takuma Sato
United States Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 55 15.004
10 8 Sweden Marcus Ericsson
United States Chip Ganassi Racing 55 15.766
11 4 United States Charlie Kimball
United States A.J. Foyt Enterprises 55 16.170
12 22 France Simon Pagenaud
United States Team Penske 55 17.623
13 21 Netherlands Rinus van Kalmthout
United States Ed Carpenter Racing 55 19.114
14 1 United States Josef Newgarden
United States Team Penske 55 19.184
15 7 United States Oliver Askew
Arrow McLaren SP 55 20.977
16 26 United States Zach Veach
United States Andretti Autosport 55 22.649
17 59 United Kingdom Max Chilton
United Kingdom Carlin 55 37.490
18 10 Sweden Felix Rosenqvist
United States Chip Ganassi Racing 54 1 Lap
19 27 United States Alexander Rossi
United States Andretti Autosport 54 1 Lap
20 14 Canada Dalton Kellett
United States A.J. Foyt Enterprises 54 1 Lap
21 20 United States Conor Daly
United States Ed Carpenter Racing 41 14 Laps
22 98 United States Marco Andretti
Andretti Herta Autosport with Marco & Curb-Agajani 39 16 Laps
23 60 United Kingdom Jack Harvey
United States Meyer Shank Racing 37 18 Laps

Road America GP IndyCar Race 1 fastest laps

Cla # Driver Team Time Gap Mph
1 98 United States Marco Andretti
Andretti Herta Autosport with Marco & Curb-Agajani 1'47.591 134.308
2 9 New Zealand Scott Dixon
United States Chip Ganassi Racing 1'48.413 0.821 133.290
3 55 Spain Alex Palou
Dale Coyne Racing with Team Goh 1'48.532 0.940 133.143
4 10 Sweden Felix Rosenqvist
United States Chip Ganassi Racing 1'48.618 1.027 133.038
5 12 Australia Will Power
United States Team Penske 1'48.635 1.044 133.017
6 1 United States Josef Newgarden
United States Team Penske 1'48.658 1.066 132.990
7 28 United States Ryan Hunter-Reay
United States Andretti Autosport 1'48.693 1.101 132.947
8 8 Sweden Marcus Ericsson
United States Chip Ganassi Racing 1'48.816 1.224 132.796
9 15 United States Graham Rahal
United States Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 1'48.913 1.321 132.678
10 88 United States Colton Herta
Andretti Harding Steinbrenner Autosport 1'48.975 1.383 132.602
11 27 United States Alexander Rossi
United States Andretti Autosport 1'48.986 1.394 132.589
12 5 Mexico Patricio O'Ward
Arrow McLaren SP 1'49.010 1.418 132.560
13 18 United States Santino Ferrucci
Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser Sullivan 1'49.098 1.506 132.453
14 22 France Simon Pagenaud
United States Team Penske 1'49.134 1.543 132.409
15 7 United States Oliver Askew
Arrow McLaren SP 1'49.186 1.594 132.347
16 30 Japan Takuma Sato
United States Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 1'49.221 1.629 132.304
17 60 United Kingdom Jack Harvey
United States Meyer Shank Racing 1'49.318 1.726 132.187
18 4 United States Charlie Kimball
United States A.J. Foyt Enterprises 1'49.347 1.755 132.152
19 26 United States Zach Veach
United States Andretti Autosport 1'49.452 1.860 132.025
20 21 Netherlands Rinus van Kalmthout
United States Ed Carpenter Racing 1'49.461 1.869 132.013
21 20 United States Conor Daly
United States Ed Carpenter Racing 1'49.790 2.198 131.619
22 59 United Kingdom Max Chilton
United Kingdom Carlin 1'49.867 2.275 131.526
23 14 Canada Dalton Kellett
United States A.J. Foyt Enterprises 1'50.548 2.956 130.716
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