2020 Road America GP IndyCar Race 2 results, Rosenqvist wins

Felix Rosenqvist won the second race of the Road America REV Group Grand Prix double header on Saturday, the fourth round of the NTT IndyCar Series near Elkhart Lake, WI – after a fierce battle with Pato O’Ward.

The opening lap of the race claimed two victims with big crashes – both initiated by Team Penske’s Will Power. First of all, he clipped Ryan Hunter-Reay on the run to Turn 1, sending Hunter-Reay spinning into the wall and out of the race. Seconds later, Power clashed with Graham Rahal, whose car got into a tankslapper on the kerb, bounced off Felix Rosenqvist, and then slammed into a concrete wall.

At the restart, pole winner O’Ward led Colton Herta and Alex Palou. Saturday’s winner Dixon was up to fourth, as fifth-placed Power was demoted to 22nd by stewards for “avoidable contact”. Power then suffered a wild off that ended in the gravel on Lap 6, causing another yellow.

Palou passed Herta for second at the restart on Lap 8, while O’Ward made hay out front and pulled out a substantial lead. Dixon struggled with his rear tire life in the middle stages, slipping back behind Alexander Rossi, Herta and Marcus Ericsson.

Rosenqvist was one to watch, despite his early clash with Rahal, as he surged through to second position to run just 3s behind O’Ward. But a slow pitstop – when they dropped the car off the jack without one of the wheels attached – meant he lost valuable ground to O’Ward.

Rossi passed Palou for third just before half distance, and Palou then tumbled down the order as his car lost grip in the penultimate stint. Ericsson passed Herta for fourth on Lap 40.

O’Ward appeared to be struggling with his rear grip from using scrubbed red tires, and had to save fuel in the closing stages, so Rosenqvist was able to carve into his 8s lead. O’Ward was further hampered by being unlapped by Conor Daly, with whom he clashed on Saturday. Rosenqvist got to within 1s with three laps to go, and passed O’Ward on the penultimate lap to score a hard-earned victory.

Rosenqvist won by 2s, ahead of O’Ward, Rossi, Ericsson, Herta, Santino Ferrucci and Palou.

Points leader Dixon stalled after his final pitstop, dropping him back to 12th.

Road America GP IndyCar Race 2 results

1 Felix Rosenqvist Chip Ganassi Racing55 1:51’22.039  118.942
2 Patricio O’WardArrow McLaren SP55 1:51’24.909 2.869 118.890
3 Alexander Rossi Andretti Autosport55 1:51’30.655 8.616 118.788
4 Marcus Ericsson Chip Ganassi Racing55 1:51’36.262 14.223 118.689
5 Colton HertaAndretti Harding Steinbrenner Autosport55 1:51’54.455 32.416 118.367
6 Santino FerrucciDale Coyne Racing with Vasser Sullivan55 1:51’57.927 35.888 118.306
7 Alex PalouDale Coyne Racing with Team Goh55 1:51’58.809 36.770 118.291
8 Takuma Sato Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing55 1:52’09.982 47.943 118.094
9 Josef Newgarden Team Penske55 1:52’10.825 48.786 118.079
10 Charlie Kimball A.J. Foyt Enterprises55 1:52’15.100 53.060 118.004
11 Will Power Team Penske55 1:52’16.010 53.971 117.989
12 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing55 1:52’16.573 54.534 117.979
13 Simon Pagenaud Team Penske55 1:52’18.432 56.393 117.946
14 Rinus van Kalmthout Ed Carpenter Racing55 1:52’22.476 1’00.437 117.875
15 Max Chilton Carlin55 1:52’22.507 1’00.468 117.875
16 Zach Veach Andretti Autosport55 1:52’28.874 1’06.835 117.764
17 Jack Harvey Meyer Shank Racing55 1:52’30.335 1’08.295 117.738
18 Conor Daly Ed Carpenter Racing55 1:53’07.507 1’45.468 117.093
19 Marco AndrettiAndretti Herta Autosport with Marco & Curb-Agajani54 1:51’27.848 1 Lap 116.678
20 Dalton Kellett A.J. Foyt Enterprises54 1:51’32.972 1 Lap 116.588
21 Oliver AskewArrow McLaren SP53 1:50’41.535 2 Laps 115.315
22 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport0 0.383 55 Laps  
23 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing0 0.429 55 Laps  

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