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IndyCar: Will Power wins second round in Houston

Team Penske’s Will Power won the second race of the Houston double-header this Sunday but runner-up Scott Dixon (Ganassi) is now the new IndyCar Series’ leader after yet another disastrous run for Helio Castroneves.

But the afternoon was marred by a massive last-lap accident involving Dixon’s teammate Dario Franchitti and AJ Foyt’s Takuma Sato.

Franchitti was running behind Takuma Sato’s car when the former Formula One driver lost control of his car. That is when the Scot hit the back of Sato's DW12 and found himself in the air and along the fence, causing tremendous damage to the Ganassi car and sending several large pieces of debris in the direction of a nearby grandstand.

Franchitti remained in the wreckage until the medical team could extract him. He was taken directly to a nearby hospital for further evaluation.

Power took the lead from Dixon early in the race and, despite Dixon's best efforts; the Australian retained his advantage right to the end.

Dixon's second place gives him the lead of the IndyCar championship after Helio Castroneves had yet another terrible afternoon at the race track finishing more than 28 laps down.

Andretti Autosport’s James Hinchcliffe was back in good form after a terrible time Saturday by finishing third. Justin Wilson (Dale Coyne) and Sebastien Bourdais (Dragon Racing) rounded out the top five.
The race was interrupted eight times by caution periods, most coming from spins or single-car accidents.

Results - 90 laps:
Pos   Driver   Team/Engine   Time/Gap
1. Will Power   Penske/Chevy  1h52m28.9525s
2. Scott Dixon  Ganassi/Honda  +0.8286s
3. James Hinchcliffe  Andretti/Chevy  +4.3629s
4. Justin Wilson  Coyne/Honda  +5.0234s
5. Sebastien Bourdais   Dragon/Chevy  +8.0120s
6. Simon Pagenaud   Schmidt/Honda  +11.0712s
7. Oriol Servia   Panther/Chevy   +14.0815s
8. Charlie Kimball  Ganassi/Honda   +15.1566s
9. Mike Conway  Coyne/Honda   +15.5568s
10. Simona de Silvestro   KV/Chevy  +31.3618s
11. Tristan Vautier  Schmidt/Honda  +32.9460s
12. Sebastian Saavedra  Dragon/Chevy   +38.3799s
13. Josef Newgarden  Fisher/Honda  +1m19.5633s
14. Takuma Sato  Foyt/Honda  +1 lap*
15. Dario Franchitti  Ganassi/Honda   +1 lap*
16. EJ Viso  Andretti/Chevy  +1 lap*
17. James Jakes  Rahal/Honda   +1 lap
18. Graham Rahal  Rahal/Honda   +2 laps
19. Luca Filippi   Herta/Honda   +2 laps
20. Marco Andretti  Andretti/Chevy  +2 laps
21. Ryan Hunter-Reay  Andretti/Chevy  +3 laps

* Not running at finish

Ed Carpenter   Carpenter/Chevy  61 laps
Helio Castroneves  Penske/Chevy  53 laps**
Tony Kanaan  KV/Chevy   32 laps