Power Becomes Team Penske’ All-Time Wins Leader In 102nd Running Of The Indianapolis 500 Triumph

INDIANAPOLIS – A certain Team Penske driver was searching for his fourth win at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday. He got it too.

While you may be confused because Helio Castroneves, a three-time Indianapolis 500 winner, crashed out on Lap 145 and finished 27th, his teammate won his fourth race at IMS instead.

See, Will Power has won the INDYCAR Grand Prix in three of the last four years. He started on the pole in each of those races too. Now, he got a win on the famed 2.5-mile oval to his credit too. 

Will Power wins the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 – IMS Media Site

Power, inherited the lead for the final time with four laps-to-go when the three drivers who were trying to stretch fuel until the end hit pit road because they were going to run out and never looked back en route to his fourth victory at IMS. While no one is comparing those wins to say Al Unser Sr., Rick Mears and AJ Foyt, reaching victory lane at the world’s greatest race course four times is still an accomplishment.

The Australian, became the first driver from his country to win the ‘500 as his No. 12 Chevrolet sweeps both races this Month of May. Power, led 59 out of the 200 laps possible in winning his 34th career Verizon IndyCar Series race. That ties him with Al Unser Jr. for eighth on the all-time wins list.

Furthermore, Power now has 31 wins with Team Penske. He passed Castroneves for the most wins for the storied organization ever too. Rick Mears is third best with 29. Danny Sullivan and Al Unser Jr. are next up with 12.

No one had anything for Power all day. While Ed Carpenter would beg to differ early on, despite leading a race-high 65 laps, Carpenter admitted that he likely didn’t have much for Power in the end.

Oriol Servia, Stefan Wilson and Jack Harvey were running 1-2-3 for the final stint and even looked to be in the catbirds seat when Tony Kanaan crashed with 11 to go, but their fuel just wouldn’t stretch. On the Lap 193 restart, Wilson and Harvey got by Servia for the top two spots respectively. One lap later, Power would pass Servia and have his sights set on Harvey. Then, the top two pitted and handed the win to Power.

He beat Carpenter to the yard of bricks by 3.1589-seconds.

Carpenter, had to settle for a runner-up which he says will take a few days to soak in. It’s his best career finish in his home race.

Scott Dixon started ninth and brought his No. 9 Honda home third for his 98th career INDYCAR podium finish. That ties Al Unser Sr. for fourth most ever. Dixon, still hasn’t led a lap in 2018, but here he is in fourth in the standings.

Alexander Rossi made bold moves all day and charged from a 32nd starting spot to finish fourth in his No. 27 Honda. He’s now finished inside the top 10 in all three of his Indy 500 tries.

Ryan Hunter-Reay rounded out the top five.

The race was a war of attrition. The drivers all said how difficult it was to drive around here this month, as with the new car, the lower downforce levels made life hard inside the cockpit. The defending Indy 500 champion Takuma Sato was involved in the first accident of the day when he ran into James Davison on Lap 48. Then, on Lap 58, last year’s third place finisher Ed Jones crashed his No. 10 Honda in Turn 2. He would be awake and alert but later transferred to Methodist Hospital in downtown Indianapolis complaining of head and neck pains.

10 laps later, Danica Patrick found the Turn 2 wall, ending her racing career with a 30th place finish. We’d go on a long green flag stint before Sebastien Bourdais crashed in a wild wreck in Turn 4 on Lap 139. On the ensuing restart, Helio Castroneves crashed at pit entry when his No. 3 Chevrolet stepped out from under him when exiting Turn 4. He’d finish 27th. On the next restart, Sage Karam crashed on the front stretch.

Indianapolis 500 Results

  1. 12 Power
  2. 20 Carpenter
  3.  9 Dixon
  4. 27 Rossi
  5. 28 Hunter-Reay
  6. 22 Pagenaud
  7. 29 Munoz
  8.  1 Newgarden
  9.  6 Wickens R
  10. 15 Rahal
  11. 66 Hildebrand
  12. 98 Andretti
  13.  4 Leist R
  14. 88 Chaves
  15. 25 Wilson
  16. 60 Harvey
  17. 64 Servia
  18. 23 Kimball
  19. 19 Claman DeMelo R -1
  20. 21 Pigot -1
  21. 17 Daly -1
  22. 59 Chilton -2
  23. 26 Veach -2
  24.  7 Howard -7
  25. 14 Kanaan OUT
  26. 24 Karam OUT
  27.  3 Castroneves OUT
  28. 18 Bourdais OUT
  29. 32 Kaiser R OUT
  30. 13 Patrick OUT
  31. 10 Jones OUT
  32. 30 Sato OUT
  33. 33 Davison OUT

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