Robert Doornbos survived a Lap 1 mishap that dropped him into last place, and recovered to win the San Jose Grand Prix on Sunday.
The former Formula One driver beat Neel Jani by 6.145 seconds. Oriol Servia, who led for 42 laps on the 1.44-mile street course, wound up third.
Points leader and St. Petersburg resident Sebastien Bourdais finished fifth, his lead over Doornbos cut to 10 points.
Pole-sitter Justin Wilson sustained suspension damage on Lap 6 and completed just 87 of 107 laps. He finished 13th.
On Turn 1 of the first lap, Doornbos came in contact with Jan Heylen, and Doornbos' car lost its front wing. He was forced to pit and when he emerged he was last among 17 cars.
"When you are far back, whether it's 15th or 17th it doesn't make a big difference," Doornbos said. "It was very easy to pass people and save fuel."
A member of Doornbos' crew told him to "push like it's qualifying," and that was all he wanted to hear.
"That's a lot of fun for a driver to do," he said.
NHRA: Greg Anderson became the sixth driver in series history with 50 victories, beating Jason Line in the Pro Stock final at the Fram-Autolite Nationals in Sonoma, Calif. John Force beat Del Worsham to extend his series record with his 124th Funny Car victory. Tony Schumacher (Top Fuel) and Matt Smith (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also won their classes.