BALTIMORE – History will show that Simon Pagenaud won the 2013 Grand Prix of Baltimore.
The lasting image of Sunday’s race, however, will be Scott Dixon stuck in his car against the wall after another unfortunate run-in with rival Will Power.
Pagenaud charged to the lead after a series of collisions involving several other contenders on the bumpy, challenging street course that runs through the middle of the city.
None of those mishaps was more significant than the one involving Dixon and Power.
Last week at Sonoma, Dixon held the lead until he received a drive-through penalty with 15 laps to go for hitting a tire in the left hand of Power’s tire holder. Power won the race.
On Saturday, Power spun Dixon during practice. Then Sunday, the two ran into each other again – literally.
During a restart on the 53rd lap, Power swerved right in a crowd in front of Dixon while trying to pass Sebastien Bourdais. Power clipped the barrier, and Dixon ultimately lost control and smacked into the wall, ending his day.
Afterward, a distraught Power said: I was just looking at Bourdais’ back. I had a good run on him and I was going to go off his inside. Dixon, obviously, had the same run on me. I feel bad. I just didn’t even think to look in my mirror. I was just trying to win the race, trying to beat Bourdais. I feel terrible. I’m just so sorry.
Power made it to the pit but was given a penalty for interference and finished 18th, one spot ahead of Dixon.
Dixon was mad at just about everybody and took a shot at IndyCar officials for not allowing him the chance to get back into the race.
That restart was a complete botch, Dixon said. I had an overtake advantage on Power. Then I got beside him and he ran me straight into the wall. Then, they wouldn’t (let me) bring the car back.
The collision between Power and Dixon came after a pileup on the turn in front of the baseball stadium. On Lap 48, Rahal spun Dixon and created a logjam involving five cars.