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IndyCar Long Beach: Rossi dominates race, beats Power in late showdown

Alexander Rossi dominated from pole position at Long Beach to take his first IndyCar victory of the season and the championship lead

The Andretti Autosport driver survived a quartet of caution periods, the last of which set up a nine-lap showdown with Penske driver Will Power.

Power had twice the amount of push-to-pass available than Rossi on the fourth and final restart, but was unable to get within striking distance of Rossi and finished just over a second adrift.

Rossi converted pole into a lead at the first corner, resisting an attack from Simon Pagenaud before the Penske driver was taken out when Graham Rahal hit the back of his car.

That led to the first of the four cautions, after which Rossi was quickly able to eke out a lead of more than three seconds over second-place starter Power.

The one-time Formula 1 driver forfeited the lead during pitstops but never moved out of a de facto lead and eventually beat Power by 1.24 seconds.

Ed Jones was a surprise third for Chip Ganassi Racing after steering clear of incidents that affected a number of his rivals, including team-mate Scott Dixon - who was one of Rossi's closest challengers before he received a drive-through penalty for stopping when the pitlane was closed under a caution.

Dixon eventually finished in 11th place.

Zach Veach claimed a career-best fourth for Andretti ahead of Rahal.

Rahal received a drive-through penalty for his incident with 2016 series champion Pagenaud at the start (pictured above), but recovered to complete the top five ahead of Veach's more experienced team-mate Marco Andretti, who climbed from 20th on the grid.

Josef Newgarden, who made an error in the final section of qualifying on Saturday, finished the race in seventh place after triumphing in a late-race duel with Tony Kanaan.

Last year's Long Beach winner James Hinchcliffe was ninth for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, while Charlie Kimball gave Carlin its maiden top 10 finish in the series.

St Petersburg winner Sebastien Bourdais had led the race before his Dale Coyne Racing team-mate Zachary Claman DeMelo hit the barriers at Turn 8 and brought out the third caution of the race.

Bourdais had overtaken Dixon for second with a bold late-braking overtake on the Ganassi driver and the lapped cars of Spencer Pigot and Matheus Leist, but was instructed to give the position back to Dixon after it was deemed he crossed the pitlane exit line.

After dropping back, Bourdais reclaimed second place just two corners later.

But the drama continued later on for Bourdais, who like Dixon visited the pits after they had closed but was sent straight through by his team before returning on the next lap, with rookie Jordan King tapping the Frenchman into a spin at the final corner.

Bourdais' spun car collected Andretti's Ryan Hunter-Reay, who suffered his second damaged front wing of the day after contact on the opening lap.

Robert Wickens, who was already down the order due to earlier gearbox troubles, stalled behind the collided cars.

Fellow rookie Kyle Kaiser was responsible for the second caution, he spun at Turn 2 but recovered to 16th place.

Race result

Pos Driver Team Car Laps Gap
1 Alexander Rossi Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 85 1h53m15.2434s
2 Will Power Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 85 1.2413s
3 Ed Jones Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 85 9.2906s
4 Zach Veach Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 85 10.1050s
5 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda 85 10.7466s
6 Marco Andretti Andretti Herta Dallara/Honda 85 11.5513s
7 Josef Newgarden Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 85 12.2175s
8 Tony Kanaan AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Chevrolet 85 16.1048s
9 James Hinchcliffe Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 85 16.4757s
10 Charlie Kimball Carlin Dallara/Chevrolet 85 17.0119s
11 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 85 17.3301s
12 Jack Harvey Michael Shank Racing Dallara/Honda 85 18.3469s
13 Sebastien Bourdais Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 85 18.9443s
14 Matheus Leist AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Chevrolet 85 18.9466s
15 Spencer Pigot Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 84 1 Lap
16 Kyle Kaiser Juncos Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 84 1 Lap
17 Max Chilton Carlin Dallara/Chevrolet 84 1 Lap
18 Jordan King Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 84 1 Lap
19 Gabby Chaves Harding Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 83 2 Laps
20 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 81 4 Laps
21 Takuma Sato Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda 74 11 Laps
22 Robert Wickens Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 73 12 Laps
23 Zachary Claman Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 58 Contact
24 Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 0 Contact

Drivers' standings

Pos Driver Points
1 Alexander Rossi 126
2 Josef Newgarden 104
3 Graham Rahal 93
4 Sebastien Bourdais 88
5 James Hinchcliffe 83
6 Scott Dixon 79
7 Ryan Hunter-Reay 73
8 Will Power 72
9 Ed Jones 69
10 Marco Andretti 68
11 Tony Kanaan 67
12 Robert Wickens 65
13 Zach Veach 60
14 Takuma Sato 46
15 Spencer Pigot 46
16 Simon Pagenaud 44
17 Charlie Kimball 43
18 Gabby Chaves 42
19 Max Chilton 36
20 Matheus Leist 33
21 Ed Carpenter 26
22 Jack Harvey 25
23 Kyle Kaiser 23
24 Jordan King 22
25 Zachary Claman 20
26 Rene Binder 8
27 Pietro Fittipaldi 7

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