BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Ryan Hunter-Reay ended Penske Racing's win streak at Barber Motorsports Park by taking IndyCar's Grand Prix of Alabama on Sunday.
Penske's Will Power and Helio Castroneves had won every pole and all three races on the road course while Hunter-Reay's best finish was 12th. But Hunter-Reay, who won the pole, held during one intense battle for position with both Penske drivers then held off Scott Dixon.
"Several times in the offseason, I said our biggest weaknesses were the permanent road courses like Barber and Sonoma and the big super speedways like Texas and Fontana," Hunter-Reay said. "The guys gave me a great car. I had more pressure than anything bringing a car home that I knew was capable of winning."
Dixon finished second in Alabama for the fourth consecutive year.
"I'm going to go buy a bridesmaid's dress and party pretty hard," Dixon said, joking. "It's still good points. But … it would really be nice to win at this place sometime."
Castroneves was third to take the series points lead. Charlie Kimball was a career-best fourth and Power fifth.
NHRA: Erica Enders-Stevens' car got loose, allowing Allen Johnson to take the Pro Stock final of the SummitRacing.com Nationals in Las Vegas. Tony Schumacher won Top Fuel, and Cruz Pedregon won Funny Car.
East Bay: Roger Crouse won the 25-lap Late Model feature late Saturday in Gibsonton.