Pole-sitter Will Power picked up his second IndyCar series victory of the year, winning by 0.74 seconds Sunday after holding off Tony Kanaan’s last-lap surge at Road America.
Kanaan shaved about a half-second off the gap with Power after the white flag went up. But he couldn’t catch up as the cars winded their way toward the end of the 202-mile Kohler Grand Prix on the 14-turn track.
It made for an exciting finish in IndyCar’s first race at the rural Wisconsin road course since 2007.
Power won with a speed of 121.426 mph and cruised from the front for much of the afternoon, leading 46 of the 50 laps. But the race reset for the leader with six laps to go following the only caution flag of the afternoon, stunting the momentum of points leader Simon Pagenaud, then in second place.
But Pagenaud, whose car seemed to improve through the middle of the race, fell back in a surprise. He finished in 13th place.
Kanaan surged forward for his best finish of the season. Graham Rahal was third, 5.9 seconds behind Power. Ryan Hunter-Reay was fourth.
The victory moved Power up to third place in the points race behind Pagenaud and Helio Castroneves. Dixon dropped to fourth in the points standings.
Josef Newgarden, back in the car two weeks after breaking his right collarbone, finished eighth in a race. .
Ron Capps won the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals on Sunday for his third Funny Car victory in the last four events and fourth of the season.
Capps beat Courtney Force in the final with a 3.956-second run at 317.49 mph in a Dodge Charger. He opened a 130-point lead over second-place Force in the season standings.
“What Rahn Tobler (crew chief) is doing right now is hard work,” Capps said.
“This guy has been working his tail off. It is big picture to him, he is not just a good crew chief, he is a good racer and I love that. When he is pointing and me in the windshield before a run, it gives me all the confidence in the world.”
Shawn Langdon won in Top Fuel, Jason Line in Pro Stock, and Eddie Krawiec in Pro Stock Motorcycle.
Langdon raced to his second consecutive victory, topping J.R. Todd with a 3.846 at 319.75. Line won for the seventh time this year, edging teammate Greg Anderson with a 6.678 at 208.42 in a Chevrolet Camaro.