Will Power Wins Third Grand Prix

Dean Simpson
May 15, 2018

Will Power led the final 34 laps Saturday and pulled away for his second straight IndyCar Grand Prix win, giving Team Penske its 200th series win.

Power picked up his 33rd career victory by outdueling New Zealand's Scott Dixon by 2.2443 seconds. It was also, Power said, a toughie. I'm just not getting the number.' We had to go even past that because I wasn't able to save enough at the beginning. "We're given the equipment week in and week out to win, so I can't thank him enough for the opportunity he's given me".

Penske's Helio Castroneves finished sixth in his season debut.

In his very first race, he earned the pole at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg and almost rolled all the way into victory lane.

Power never trailed again though he had to contend with a full-course caution that shrunk his growing lead from more than four seconds to less than one.

From there, Power kept Wickens and then Dixon in his mirrors to the finish - all the while stretching his tank of Sunoco E85 ethanol to the checkered flag.

"He's been racing at a high level for a long time, but he's definitely a guy that will be a champion in IndyCar", Grand Prix champion Will Power said. "Yeah, I'm exhausted. Every lap was like a qualifying lap". Three years later, Donohue delivered the team's first win at Pocono Raceway. Ten rookies have won the Indy 500, including most recently Juan Pablo Montoya. (ABC) Track: Indianapolis Motor Speedway (road course, 2.439 miles) Race distance: 207.315 miles, 85 laps. The victory gave team owner Roger Penske his 200th victory.

Thirty of those wins have been provided by Power.

"What a great day for the team", Penske said. I could not think of a better setting.

"Definitely credit to the team - everybody on the PNC Bank vehicle has been working extremely hard", Dixon said. "We must have made up at least 20 seconds just on that one stint".

"I think that was the worst I've ever qualified without crashing or having a technical issue". We've kind of practiced it a little bit in warm-up where you do like one lap of fuel save. "I just couldn't close that gap that we had". Picking up his first podium finish of the 2018 season was Scott Dixon in the No. 9 PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing Honda putting Dixon in second place finish after starting back in 18th.

"Great to be finally on the podium this year", Dixon said.

"First time out I hit the brakes then and it worked".

Rounding out the top five were Sebastien Bourdais in a Dale Coyne Racing Honda and Alexander Rossi in an Andretti Autosport Honda. Pagenaud escaped while King wound up stuck resulting in the first full-course caution of the afternoon.

The only thing that seemed to slow down Power was the caution that came on Lap 56 when his teammate Newgarden spun in the 12th turn. Fourth was Bourdais while Rossi was fifth. Next is the 102nd running of the Indy 500, but before we switch our mentality from road course to oval, let's relive some of the sights and sounds of yesterday's race. Thompson opened a 22-point advantage in the standings over Rinus VeeKay (Juncos Racing) after six races.

St. Petersburg, Florida, as he did a year ago, and also finished fifth at Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama, the last race before Saturday's. A record-tying seven drivers led the race.

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