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Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama – Race Results

Reigning IZOD IndyCar Series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay overtook Helio Castroneves on Lap 76 of 90 and then held off Scott Dixon to win the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama by .6363 of a second.

Castroneves, who won the inaugural event in 2010 on the 2.38-mile, 17-turn Barber Motorsports Park road course, finished third and Charlie Kimball finished fourth. Will Power, who started on the front row, finished fifth.

Dixon has finished second in all four of the IZOD IndyCar Series races at Barber.

“I was driving my tail off trying to stay in front of Dixon,” said Hunter-Reay, who rebounded from an 18th-place finish in the season opener at St. Petersburg on March 24.

Hunter-Reay, who earned the Verizon P1 Award the day before in the No. 1 DHL car for Andretti Autsosport, jumped 13 positions to third in the championship standings heading to the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on April 21. Castroneves, with his second podium finish, holds a nine-point lead over Dixon.

The victory was the first by a No. 1 car since Sebastien Bourdais at Mexico City in 2007.

Results Sunday of the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama IZOD IndyCar Series event on the 2.3-mile Barber Motorsports Park, with order of finish, starting position in parentheses, driver, chassis-engine, laps completed and reason out (if any):
1. (1) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Dallara-Chevy, 90, Running
2. (4) Scott Dixon, Dallara-Honda, 90, Running
3. (6) Helio Castroneves, Dallara-Chevy, 90, Running
4. (5) Charlie Kimball, Dallara-Honda, 90, Running
5. (2) Will Power, Dallara-Chevy, 90, Running
6. (13) Simon Pagenaud, Dallara-Honda, 90, Running
7. (7) Marco Andretti, Dallara-Chevy, 90, Running
8. (8) Justin Wilson, Dallara-Honda, 90, Running
9. (22) Josef Newgarden, Dallara-Honda, 90, Running
10. (3) Tristan Vautier, Dallara-Honda, 90, Running
11. (15) Alex Tagliani, Dallara-Honda, 90, Running
12. (16) EJ Viso, Dallara-Chevy, 90, Running
13. (19) Tony Kanaan, Dallara-Chevy, 90, Running
14. (12) Takuma Sato, Dallara-Honda, 90, Running
15. (18) Oriol Servia, Dallara-Chevy, 90, Running
16. (23) Sebastien Bourdais, Dallara-Chevy, 90, Running
17. (24) JR Hildebrand, Dallara-Chevy, 90, Running
18. (14) Simona de Silvestro, Dallara-Chevy, 90, Running
19. (10) AJ Allmendinger, Dallara-Chevy, 90, Running
20. (9) Sebastian Saavedra, Dallara-Chevy, 90, Running
21. (21) Graham Rahal, Dallara-Honda, 90, Running
22. (26) Ed Carpenter, Dallara-Chevy, 89, Running
23. (11) James Jakes, Dallara-Honda, 86, Running
24. (25) Ana Beatriz, Dallara-Honda, 65, Mechanical                                                                                
25. (17) Dario Franchitti, Dallara-Honda, 42, Mechanical                                                                                
26. (20) James Hinchcliffe, Dallara-Chevy, 3, Contact                                                                                                                 
Race Statistics
Winners average speed: 110.818
Time of Race: 01:52:04.5450
Margin of victory: 0.6363
Cautions:1 for 4 laps
Lead changes: 6 among 4 drivers
Lap Leaders:
Hunter-Reay 1 – 26
Power 27 – 30
Hunter-Reay 31 – 42
Kimball 43 – 45
Power 46 – 50
Castroneves 51 – 75
Hunter-Reay 76 – 90
Point Standings: Castroneves 79, Dixon 70, Hunter-Reay 66, Andretti 61, Hinchcliffe 56, Kimball 51, Kanaan 49, Power 47, Wilson 46, Viso 44.

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