LOS ANGELES: Spain’s Alex Palou regrouped after a chaotic opening lap to win the IndyCar Portland Grand Prix on Sunday and regain the series lead with two races remaining in the season. The 24-year-old Chip Ganassi team driver was on pole position at the 12-turn 1.964-mile Portland International Raceway, but that didn’t prevent him from getting caught up in a mess at turn one on lap one, where Arrow McLaren SP’s Felix Rosenqvist appeared to get into the back of New Zealand’s Scott Dixon then drive through the runoff area marked with cones to slow down cars that missed the turn. Chip Ganassi’s Dixon and Palou as well as Andretti driver Alexander Rossi ran straight through the turn to stay out of the way of any cars coming behind them they might have hit if they tried to regain the racing line. Amid the spins and dings that sent a string of cars back to the pits for repairs, the first- and second-row starters who missed the racing line and went through the run-off were re-ordered for the restart, which saw Mexico’s Pato O’Ward given the lead. Palou, running 16th after five laps, methodically worked his way up the field with crisp driving and smart pit strategy, finally beating Rossi by 1.2895sec. Dixon, the reigning IndyCar series champion, finished third to keep his hopes of a record-equalling seventh championship alive going into the September 19 Grand Prix of Monterey. The season concludes on September 26 in Long Beach, California. Britain’s Jack Harvey finished fourth and Josef Newgarden, still in the title hunt, finished fifth for Team Penske.