The fans pack in to the grandstands at Sonoma.
Also, how cool is the word Infineon?
Comment from Lukeh: To infineon and beyond!
Who else do we care about? Justin Wilson used to be in F1, right? He's starting 7th.
Bertrand Baguette had a bit of a test for Renault, if I recall correctly. He's lining up 13th on the grid.
And everyone's favourite (eh-hem) Sato is in 17th.
The only people worse than Danica are Milka Duno and Francesco Dracone.
I can hear the National Anthem. I hope you're all standing.
Are those cannons??
Lining up for the start.
Tweet from @FirestoneRacing: Current track temp is 117 and ambient is 78. Let's go racing! #IndyCar
I only caught the end of the sentence, but there are 15 pushes lasting 15 seconds each. I'm assuming this is either a) labour or b) an overtake button.
The drivers have started their engines.
The commentator reports bad blood between Sato and Patrick. Will they meet out on track?
The cars are moving, so this must be a formation lap.
Most people have red sticker tyres, with just a couple on whatever the non-red stickers are.
It seems as though that means the tyres can be referred to as stickers through the race.
It's a rolling start, so the chances are I'm going to blink and miss it.
Race started. I think.
Accident - Dan Wheldon's car is upside down and he hadn't even got to the start yet.
Replays show someone his Wheldon from behind. They've righted the car and Dan seems fine. Full course yellows.
Tweet from @LVI56: Great to see with all that sliding and turning that the driver was ok with the open cockpit #Indycar
News updates: Milka Duno has been black flagged, whilst also the pit lane has opened.
Danica appears to be the only one who has pitted, which means she actually is last now.
Racing again. I think!!
Sato has overtaken Baguette. I've heard of both of them!!
Comment from Pat W: It is worth noting the black flag rule is different here. It means 'come in for a penalty', in F1 it means 'go home'
JR Hildebrand has pitted.
Milka Duno's black flag was due to the team radio not working, rather than driver performance.
Marco Andretti also pits.
We've been going for 15 laps and Duno is already four laps behind. She is our Yamamoto.
Alex Tagliani has fallen back two places - Briscoe and Dixon have passed him.
Justin Wilson hassling him now, makes the pass, leaving Hunter-Reay to, erm, hunt him.
Interview with Rob Edwards from Tagliani's team. "Too much understeer at the moment, trying to get him work with the tools in the car to get him back up again."
Like... a hammer or something?
Tagliani continuing to fall backwards. At least three cars have just streamed past him.
Tagliani has a flat tyre. That might explain it.
Whilst all that was happening, I missed Dario moving up to second over Helio. Lots of names ending in 'o' there.
Scott Dixon has moved up to fourth past Briscoe as well.
Briscoe falls behind Justin Wilson as well! Time for an update, I think.
Sato may have pitted. Danica has definitely pitted, because that bright green car is the only one I recognise.
Accident between Silvestro and Matos. They both continue.
The red sticker tyre things appear to be losing grip all over the place.
Simona comes into the pits, comes in from 4th, I think.
Simona spins off on her cold tyres, gets stuck in the run off but manages to save it. She's also under investigation for the hit with Matos.
My bad, Simona was bumped off track. She's down in 20th now. Boo.
Comment from RG: Is there anything that hasnt hit or been hit by Simona?
Tweet from @curtcavin: The decision to pit sooner was good for Marco (2nd) and Hildebrand (third) at this point. Power still leading.
One of the cars has stopped, and there are yellow flags.
Full course caution. Duno spun and stalled.
Lots of cars are pitting under the yellows.
Comment from Steven Roy: We are just past half distance. Lap 34 of 75
Simona has pitted again for a new nose. She may be having troubles but at least she didn't stall it.
Track is clear.
Danica is up to 14th, as Hideki Mutoh falls back a couple of places.
Comment from Kate: Wow, Sato is still running!
11th at the moment.
Full course caution again, as JR Hildebrand spun off and/or was booted off. (Covered all my options there.)
Comment from Andrew: These guys don't seem to have this dirty air problem from what I can see. F1 really needs to sort it out.
Replays show Marco and JR came together, looks like Mr Andretti was a bit over-eager.
Hildebrand's mechanics are working on the car in the pitlane at the moment.
They are go, go, go again.
The yellows have closed the field up considerably.
No one can get close to Will Power though, can they?
Interview with JR: "It was a little rough. Got an okay run, tried to brake late, I tried to give him room. I only saw him coming into my sidepod."
Milka has spun it. Again.
Tweet from @AllenWedge: Power doesn't need Briscoe to be wide, hes a whole second faster per lap than the Target cars
Tagliani and de Silvestro both pit.
Apparently the early stoppers now are gambling on another yellow. It's not that much of a gamble is it?
Sato pits, and is held up a little, but he's away.
Patrick and Mutoh pit.
Matos and Lloyd have also stopped for the final time as well.
And Tony Kanaan. Who's left?
Ahh, everyone else was saving it to come in together.
Just the top five left to pit now.
Rahal and Wilson pit.
Tony Kanaan has passed Hunter-Reay.
Dario pits from second.
Mutoh and Tagliani collided, but both appear to have continued.
The front two runners - Power and Dixon - are the two left to pit.
Simona has passed Mario Moraes for 16th position.
Will Power has finally pitted, whilst Scott Dixon stays out to take the lead temporarily.
Backmarker watch: Dracone and Viso are 1 lap down, Duno is 6 laps down, Hildebrand and Wheldon retired.
Dixon becomes the last man to come in for his final stop.
Comment from Pat W: Power is on reds, but they could go off before the end and allow Dario on blacks to catch him....
Will Power's final stop.
At last count, Franchitti has 14 overtakes left, and Dixon has 11. They started with 15, so they're not using them much!
Dixon has moved up to second place.
Sato took a bit of a dusty shortcut round a corner there.
Ten laps to go.
Accident between Baguette and Matos. Full course caution.
Baguette is out of the car, race over.
Looks like Viso was involved as well, but they are both continuing onwards.
Tagliani and Matos have pitted, still under yellows.
Matos' car has been shut off, he's out of the race.
Track is clear.
Scott Dixon is so close behind Will Power, but it looks like Power can keep the lead.
Dixon pulls alongside to make an attempt, but falls back.
Hideki Mutoh has spun it, local yellows at the moment.
Mutoh's car is pushed out the way and gets going again, and as the pack reach them, the Safety truck is still straddling the track.
Comment from RG: The one time they don't use the full course the probably should have?
Sato and Patrick have made contact and run side by side, bits of bodywork flying everywhere. That bad blood isn't going to get any better.
Team radio from Patrick: "That stupid ### did it on purpose."
Power leads for the final lap.
Will Power wins the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma!
It looks like Dracone stalled out on track, whilst Patrick limps to the finish with the front wing hanging off.
Will Power does some donuts. He might be a bit happy.
The top ten.
Apparently the whole field get points, but I refuse to write all those names.
Thanks to everyone for joining us today. Great fun had by all (except maybe Danica. And Bertrand. And JR. You get the idea.)
I'm not promising when we'll be back, but I suspect it will be soon!
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