Power Gives Penske 200th INDYCAR Win INDYCAR Grand Prix

INDIANAPOLIS – To kick off the race weekend here at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Will Power spoke at how this INDYCAR Grand Prix and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course is among his favorite races and tracks on the schedule. He backed those words up with leading every session including taking the race win in his No. 12 Chevrolet on Saturday afternoon.

Power, led a race high 56 out of the 85 lap race en route to his 33rd career Verizon IndyCar Series victory and Team Penske’s 200th win in the series overall. Three of Power’s 33 career wins have come in this race, as all three years that he won he started on the pole on the 2.439-mile track too. In fact, this is the fourth time in five years that the pole winner won. 

Will Power wins Saturday’s INDYCAR Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway – INDYCAR Media Site

The Aussie led the first 19 laps before he pitted for his first stop on Lap 19. On the ensuring pit sequence, Power was beat on pit road by Robert Wickens and fell to second. He’d ride there until after the next pit sequence when Wickens took on the Firestone primaries while Power was on the alternate reds. Power would make up six to eighth tenths a lap and by Lap 50, he was in the lead with a bold outside move. He’d never look back.

Wickens, used his tires up and fell to a third place run in his No. 6 Honda. It was his second podium finish through the first five races of the season. He’s lead 20 laps himself.

Scott Dixon started 18th but quickly gained traction and brought his No. 9 Honda home runner-up. It was Dixon’s 39th career INDYCAR second place finish which moves him to two shy of tying Helio Castroneves for second most all-time. It was also his 94th career podium (6th ever) and 143rd top five (third ever).

Dixon, started the race on the primaries and that was all because of his starting spot. He was off all weekend as he told me on Friday that his car had no pace in the heat. The balance was good but the speed wasn’t there. They made some changes over night and went with an alternate strategy at the start of the race. The changes worked because he was quickest in the morning warm up and got his second top five of the season.

Sebastien Bourdais came home fourth in his No. 18 Honda while Alexander Rossi rounded out the top five in his No. 27 Honda.

Bourdais narrowly avoided a spinning Josef Newgarden when the points leader tried to pass him in Turn 12 and wheel hopped the curbing. He’s spin and stall and finish 11th. He now leads Rossi by just two points heading into the Indianapolis 500.

The only other caution flew when Simon Pagenaud and Jordan King got into one another on the opening lap in the second turn. Pagenaud, would continue on while King ended up in the tire barriers. King’s Ed Carpenter Racing teammate of Spencer Pigot got some major wheel hop in Turn 6 and got airborne on the same lap. It was the fourth time in five years that we’ve had a first lap caution in this race.

INDYCAR Grand Prix Results

  1. 12 Power
  2.  9 Dixon
  3.  6 Wickens R
  4. 18 Bourdais
  5. 27 Rossi
  6.  3 Castroneves
  7.  5 Hinchcliffe
  8. 22 Pagenaud
  9. 15 Rahal
  10. 30 Sato
  11.  1 Newgarden
  12. 19 Claman DeMelo R
  13. 98 Andretti
  14. 14 Kanaan
  15. 21 Pigot
  16. 59 Chilton
  17. 88 Chaves
  18. 28 Hunter-Reay
  19. 32 Kaiser R
  20. 23 Kimball
  21.  4 Leist R
  22. 10 Jones -1
  23. 26 Veach -1
  24. 20 King R -2

 

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