IndyCar results: 2020 Grand Prix of Indianapolis

Scott Dixon won the GMR Grand Prix of Indianapolis on Saturday, the second round of the NTT IndyCar Series, run on the IMS road course.

This race, which normally signals the start of the ‘Month of May’ at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, was shifted backwards by two months due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Penske’s Will Power led from pole, ahead of Jack Harvey, Graham Rahal, Colton Herta and Josef Newgarden, as seventh-placed qualifier Dixon jumped up a spot at the first corner to run sixth. Fifth-placed qualifier Oliver Askew lost places in the early going, dropping to eighth.

Dixon went off strategy, pitting on Lap 11 to take the alternate tires and committed to a three-stop strategy. Power pitted on Lap 17, but the car to watch was Rahal, who stayed out to lead during a long first stint which put him on a two-stop strategy.

All race strategies were impacted by Askew losing control of the rear-end of his car at the final corner just before half distance and slamming the wall. The full-course caution that followed played into the hands of Dixon, who had just pitted. At the restart, he charged his way to the front, passing Rahal for the lead on Lap 48.

The yellow meant Power slipped back to 14th and he became mired in traffic while Dixon was charging away out front. Power’s victory chances were totally finished when he stalled after his final pitstop.

Rahal pitted for fresh red tires with 25 laps to go, so Dixon covered him a lap later for his final pitstop, rejoining on scuffed reds. Dixon cruised to the finish, despite losing the air hose to his helmet, and he beat Rahal by 20s.

After a disappointing qualifying, last year’s Indy GP and Indy 500 winner Simon Pagenaud switched to a three-stop strategy early on and the timing of the yellow fell into his hands. He finished third, right behind Rahal, ahead of Herta and the impressive rookie Rinus Veekay.

Grand Prix of Indianapolis IndyCar race results

1 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing80 1:41’59.323  
2 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing80 1:42’19.270 19.946
3 Simon Pagenaud Team Penske80 1:42’19.887 20.564
4 Colton HertaAndretti Harding Steinbrenner Autosport80 1:42’24.411 25.088
5 Rinus van Kalmthout Ed Carpenter Racing80 1:42’24.959 25.636
6 Marcus Ericsson Chip Ganassi Racing80 1:42’25.036 25.713
7 Josef Newgarden Team Penske80 1:42’31.220 31.897
8 Patricio O’WardArrow McLaren SP80 1:42’33.159 33.836
9 Santino FerrucciDale Coyne Racing with Vasser Sullivan80 1:42’42.370 43.046
10 Takuma Sato Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing80 1:42’44.214 44.891
11 James Hinchcliffe Andretti Autosport80 1:42’45.490 46.167
12 Conor Daly Ed Carpenter Racing80 1:42’49.300 49.977
13 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport80 1:42’49.812 50.489
14 Zach Veach Andretti Autosport80 1:42’51.540 52.217
15 Felix Rosenqvist Chip Ganassi Racing80 1:42’56.011 56.688
16 Max Chilton Carlin80 1:42’59.554 1’00.231
17 Jack Harvey Meyer Shank Racing80 1:43’03.168 1’03.845
18 Charlie Kimball A.J. Foyt Enterprises80 1:43’04.842 1’05.519
19 Alex PalouDale Coyne Racing with Team Goh80 1:43’05.801 1’06.478
20 Will Power Team Penske80 1:43’10.936 1’11.612
21 Dalton Kellett A.J. Foyt Enterprises79 1:42’08.366 1 Lap
22 Marco AndrettiAndretti Herta Autosport with Marco & Curb-Agajani79 1:43’01.215 1 Lap
23 Sage Karam Dreyer & Reinbold Racing79 1:43’01.298 1 Lap
24 Spencer PigotRahal Letterman Lanigan Racing with Citrone/Buhl A74 1:37’21.696 6 Laps
25 Alexander Rossi Andretti Autosport41 1:21’29.670 39 Laps
26 Oliver AskewArrow McLaren SP34 42’09.979 46 Laps

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