It was not Scott Dixon but Chip Ganassi Racing is four-for-four to start the season as Felix Rosenqvist scored his first career victory in the NTT IndyCar Series at Road America Sunday afternoon.
The IndyCar Series wrapped up a doubleheader weekend at Road America on Sunday, which was the first event the series allowed fans to attend this season.
Chaos ensued at the drop of the green flag as Will Power would make aggressive moves and take out Ryan Hunter-Reay and contact Graham Rahal, which would lead him to a vicious hit against a poorly-angled wall on the course.
Also having problems early were Conor Daly, Jack Harvey and Rosenqvist, who were all collateral damage due to the two incidents. They would remain in the race.
Power would serve a penalty and start at the tail end of the field.
The race would remain incident-free as pole-sitter Patricio O’Ward and Rosenqvist would battle it out on pit road for the win.
On the second-to-last pit stop, Rosenqvist’s pit crew had an issue getting the car jacked and lost significant time to O’Ward, who cycled back to the lead.
However, Rosenqvist would get the time back as he had clean air following the final pit stop and O’Ward was trapped in dirty air due to lapped traffic. O’Ward could not work his way around Daly or Dalton Kellett and had Rosenqvist breathing down his neck.
With two laps to go, Rosenqvist caught the slipstream of O’Ward and was able to make the pass on O’Ward. Rosenqvist would pull away to victory after O’Ward would struggle in a long corner.
O’Ward’s second-place finish is the best in his IndyCar career.
Alexander Rossi finally shakes off the early season woes to score his first top-five and top-10 finish of 2020.
Marcus Ericsson and Colton Herta round out the top five.
The IndyCar Series will hold another doubleheader when they head to Iowa Speedway next weekend.