Ed Carpenter / Sarah Fisher Racing win in Kentucky

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Ed Carpenter / Sarah Fisher Racing win in Kentucky

Postby Pepper » Mon 03 Oct, 2011 12:37 pm

.... Which puts Dario 18 points ahead of Power....

Ed Carpenter scored his maiden IndyCar victory at Kentucky, while Dario Franchitti profited from a pitlane collision for Will Power to reclaim the championship lead by finishing second.

With just one race remaining, the Las Vegas finale, Franchitti now leads Power by 18 points - a dramatic swing as he trailed by 11 heading into Kentucky.

That margin could have been even greater however, with Franchitti being pipped by just 0.0098s as he and Carpenter took the chequered flag in a thrilling photo finish.

Despite being pipped at the line the race played perfectly for Franchitti, as slick pit-work from his Ganassi crew allowed him to capitalise on several yellow flag periods and move up from his 11th place qualifying berth.

The key moment came at quarter distance, when Power - who had led every lap thus far - dived into the pits for the first time.

As he aimed for his bay, Ana Beatriz (Dreyer & Reinbold) was released into his path and the pair made contact, damaging Power's left side pod. A yellow flag period for track debris eased the impact as he was able to frequently pit for repairs, but the Penske team could only patch up a gaping hole.



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