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Power settles for second in Mid-Ohio Indy

Associated Press logo Associated Press 31/07/2016 By Craig Merz

Australian ace Will Power has been left to rue a mistake on a mid-race restart during the Honda Indy 200.

Team Penske teammate Simon Pagenaud outpointed Power from the resumption of racing on 66th lap of the 90-lap race.

Power finished 4.16 seconds in arrears when runner-up to the Frenchman.

Power blamed himself for letting Pagenaud pass him.

"I just blew it," Power said.

"I needed to do a much better job on that restart.

"It was not the greatest. I was quite slow. I put myself in the position to allow him to have a shot.

"When you have a shot, of course, you're going to go for it."

Power and Pagenaud nearly came together on the last of the 13 turns on the 2.2-mile at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course during after the race went back to green, but both escaped.

"We're battling for a race, we're battling for a championship," Pagenaud said.

Power said he was cognisant that he was going against a teammate.

"In the last turn if I hadn't backed off we would have crashed," he said.

"At that point I knew it was a teammate. (Team owner Roger Penske) would have been pretty made f we had taken each other out."

Five-time Mid-Ohio winner, New Zealander Scott Dixon, left the race after 14 laps following a collision with Helio Castroneves in Turn 2.

Dixon returned on lap 60 and finished last of the 22 cars to drop a spot to fifth in the points standings.

"We were racing hard there," Dixon said. "I was alongside. He kept edging over and there was nowhere to go. We made pretty good contact."

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