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How the race unfolded

Slow start for 2009 IndyCar champ

The action started right away as Dario Franchitti spun in Turn 4 on Lap 1 and grazed the wall. He and Mike Conway, who stalled on the opening lap, came in for fresh tires during the ensuing caution.

Turn 1 the action spot

Marco Andretti passed Scott Dixon on Lap 4 for second, then got past Will Power for the lead on the next lap, both in Turn 1. But on Lap 6, Dixon passed Andretti back for the lead while braking for Turn 1.

Sato incident, then pit stop shuffle

On Lap 25, Takuma Sato hit the tire barrier in Turn 4, ending his race. Most of the field took advantage of the yellow flag to pit, but a few who had already stopped stayed out to gain track position.

Leaders after 25 laps

Strategy and conservation

Vitor Meira went the longest without pitting and took the lead on Lap 27. But his team passed on a chance to pit under a yellow flag and came in under green three laps later, with Meira falling to 17th.

Flapping wing

Scott Dixon and Mario Moraes collided on Lap 33, damaging the nose of Dixon's car and causing part of a wing to flap up as he drove. Dixon made a pit stop for a nose change; Moraes kept going.

Hometown favorite eliminated

Dan Wheldon, a St. Petersburg resident and winner of the inaugural IndyCar event here in 2005, wrecked on Lap 47 in Turn 1 when his suspension failed. He couldn't stop the car and took out Moraes, too.

Leaders after 50 laps

Viso's timing good …

EJ Viso pitted on Lap 64 and appeared to have perfect timing; he took second place four laps later when most of the field pitted under yellow, which came out when Mike Conway wrecked.

… then Viso out of luck

Viso, aiming for his first series win, took the lead on Lap 72, but it lasted for one lap before mechanical problems sent him to the pits and cost him three laps, giving Will Power the lead for good.

Dixon's race dented, impressive rookie bumped

Rookie Simona de Silvestro, who ran as high as fourth, was spun in Turn 1 after contact with Graham Rahal. At almost the same time, Scott Dixon crashed out of fourth place after hitting the wall in Turn 9.

Leaders after 75 laps

Nearly toppling the Power

Justin Wilson stayed in Will Power's mirrors the whole last segment. Wilson drives for Dreyer & Reinbold, which hasn't won since 2000 but on this day prevented a 1-2-3 finish for mighty Penske Racing.

Franchitti flies forward

Dario Franchitti, who fell to the back of the field after his Lap 1 spin, came from 10th to fifth in the final 10 laps, passing Tony Kanaan, Graham Rahal, Raphael Matos, Danica Patrick and Alex Tagliani.

Power 2-of-2 in 2010

Will Power led 50 of 100 laps and dominated when it counted — 44 of his laps at the front came in the second half of the race, including the final 28. That gave him two wins in the season's first two races.

Final leaders

How the race unfolded 03/29/10 [Last modified: Monday, March 29, 2010 10:19pm]
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