The race concerned little pleasure in the way in which of challenges to the leaders with a lot of the positioning being determined by pit stops.
Sato, who began on the pole, misplaced his lead after 59 laps when he made his first cease. Will Energy misplaced a lead he held for 40 laps after his second cease. And Newgarden took over after everybody had pitted 3 times, slipping forward of O’Ward.
O’Ward would have preferred to suppose he had an opportunity if the race had ended below regular circumstances, however even he questioned whether or not that might have been the case.
“I may in all probability get inside a automobile size or two, however greater than that was actually robust,” he mentioned. “The string of vehicles in entrance of Josef was large. It could have been extraordinarily troublesome.”
As soon as positions had been established there weren’t many important modifications , so Energy knew he was in bother as soon as he dropped to 3rd.
“It was definitely robust with everybody caught in site visitors,” he mentioned. “It was a really sturdy day for us. I really feel like we had one of the best automobile, however it didn’t matter how good your automobile was as a result of no person was going to go anybody.”
After six vehicles had been concerned in a crash approaching the beginning of Saturday’s race, a mishap with a observe car induced a delay to the beginning Sunday.
The truck dropped oil alongside the entrance straightaway, which then was cleaned with a chemical that induced the vehicles to kick up clouds of mud all through the primary a number of laps. However the drivers began clear, for as soon as with no mishap.