Full Power rules at Indy GP

15 May, 2018, 22:41 | Author: Virgil Todd
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The Drive was present at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where Team Penske's Will Power scored his third IndyCar Grand Prix victory, but more importantly, he also claimed Team Penske's 200th win in the illustrious organization's history.

Power led 56 of 85 laps on the 14-turn, 2.439-mile permanent road course to collect his 33rd career victory (ninth all time).

Dixon, who started 18th because of a disappointing qualifying effort on Friday, had the fastest lap of any driver in Saturday's race and he took full advantage of Wickens fuel-saving measures in the final 20 laps, using the push-to-pass down the straightaway to move into second. "I was really happy in the first couple of stints, but that final one with the fuel savings kind of blew it wide open".

On the restart, Power rocketed away while the battle for second would begin and end between Sebastien Bourdais and Wickens with Wickens taking the spot. Alexander Rossi, just ahead of him, had only 22 seconds left.

Rounding out the top five on Saturday was Sebastian Bourdais in fourth and Alexander Rossi, the 2016 victor of the Indianapolis 500, was fifth. "I did my first lap, and I only was halfway there".

Bourdais, among the favorites for the 500 pole last year, escaped a 225-mph crash in qualifying last year with a broken pelvis and other injuries, but was back in the auto before the end of the season, a feat courageous to outsiders but, to him, what was expected of a racer. That's three top-five finishes in five starts.

Next week the Indianapolis Motor Speedway goes from the 14-turn 2.439-mile road course back to its traditional four-turn, 2.5-mile oval. Now he needs to win an Indianapolis 500, the glaring omission on his glittering resume.

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"Power did a great job", Penske said, "The strategy was right".

There were no cautions in last year's race. "It's important not because of the points, but because of how big it is, and everything that goes with it". "I was 100 percent the entire time", said Power, who crossed the finish line in the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet 2.2443 seconds ahead of Dixon. Power continued to chip away at the lead Wickens had until he was able to finally catch him in Turn One on lap 49 and retake the lead.

Not only was it Power's third victory in the GrandPrix and his second straight, he also beat Dixon a year ago, and it was also the 200th IndyCar victory for Roger Penske. "I returned the favor".

Josef Newgarden's spin on Lap 56 gave everyone a final pit stop under caution, and everyone put on red tires. That foot meant everything.

Saturday's race had a little bit of everything from tire and fuel strategy to a threat of rain, but in the end, no one was going to deny Will Power the victory. "I was literally a nose ahead". Mexican driver Sergio Perez has landed on the podium for the second straight race for Force India in Baku.

NHRA MELLO YELLO DRAG RACINGLast race: Leah Pritchett won in Top Fuel, Courtney Force won in Funny Car, Vincent Nobile won in Pro Stock and Eddie Krawiec won in Pro Stock Motorcycle at Atlanta Dragway. Bourdais, with 152, is third.


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