Dixon awarded controversial win

Scott Dixon was awarded victory at Edmonton after Helio Castroneves had the win taken away, having been adjudged to have blocked his team-mate Will Power

Dixon awarded controversial win

Castroneves crossed the line first, having snatched the lead from Power late on. But the chequered flag was held back for Dixon, who had also slipped past Power, as the officials stopped scoring Castroneves on the final lap as a punishment for an allegedly illegal defensive move, dropping him to 10th.

Power seemed in complete control for most of the race, holding a secure lead over Castroneves. Their team-mate Ryan Briscoe even briefly gave Penske a one-two-three formation by passing Ganassi duo Dario Franchitti and Dixon in quick succession near the end of the first stint, though they would return the favour and demote him back to fifth shortly before the final stops.

It was just after that final round of pit visits that Castroneves surged onto Power's tail, the Australian having stayed with the harder black tyres at the stop where his team-mates and Ganssi took the faster but fragile reds.

Suddenly Power was struggling to hold Castroneves off, and with 19 laps to go the Brazilian swept past into Turn 1, then left Power to fend off Dixon.

A late yellow gave Power one last shot at attacking Castroneves, but his attempt to drive round around the outside of the leader at Turn 1 saw him lose second to Dixon as he slid wide. It was while fending off Power at this point that Castroneves was judged to have blocked his team-mate unfairly. The decision left Castroneves both distraught and enraged as he realised the win had been taken away.

Franchitti and Briscoe completed the top four, with Ryan Hunter-Reay snatching fifth for Andretti Autosport in a late battle with Paul Tracy. The Canadian hero charged through to an excellent sixth for KV - which got all four of its cars into the top 10, with Takuma Sato, Mario Moraes and EJ Viso filling seventh to ninth places.

Tracy made rapid progress from his 15th place on the grid, although his early charge did involve contact that ruined De Ferran Dragon driver Raphael Matos' race. He later overtook Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Autosport) for sixth mid-race, but lost out to the American again while trying to pass Briscoe at the final restart.

Sixth could easily have gone to the hugely impressive Simona de Silvestro of HVM, who was fighting for the position until pushed into a spin by Viso. She recovered to 11th before her car expired late on.

Andretti's Tony Kanaan came through from the back row of the grid to 12th, although his race also involved contact along the way, as a brush with Alex Tagliani sent the Fazzt entry spinning into Conquest's Mario Romancini.

Other drivers in trouble including the Dreyer & Reinbold duo, who both had to pit for suspension repairs, and Hideki Mutoh (Newman/Haas), who lost a lot of ground with a mid-race spin.

Pos Driver Team Gap 1. Scott Dixon Ganassi 95 laps 2. Will Power Penske + 2.6688s 3. Dario Franchitti Ganassi + 3.2831s 4. Ryan Briscoe Penske + 8.8652s 5. Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti + 11.1482s 6. Paul Tracy KV + 11.9091s 7. Mario Moraes KV + 16.9015s 8. EJ Viso KV + 18.2206s 9. Takuma Sato KV + 21.5880s 10. Helio Castroneves Penske + 42.6011s 11. Marco Andretti Andretti + 1 lap 12. Tony Kanaan Andretti + 1 lap 13. Raphael Matos De Ferran Dragon + 1 lap 14. Bertrand Baguette Conquest + 1 lap 15. Danica Patrick Andretti + 1 lap 16. Vitor Meira Foyt + 2 laps 17. Hideki Mutoh Newman/Haas + 2 laps 18. Alex Lloyd Dale Coyne + 3 laps 19. Tomas Scheckter Dreyer & Reinbold + 5 laps 20. Dan Wheldon Panther + 5 laps 21. Justin Wilson Dreyer & Reinbold + 7 laps Retirements: Simona de Silvestro HVM 87 laps Alex Tagliani Fazzt 52 laps Mario Romancini Conquest 52 laps Milka Duno Dale Coyne 4 laps 
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