Will Power triumphs in tense IndyGP thriller, claims 200th Penske win

Tanya Simon
May 13, 2018

Wickens, a Canadian who drives for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, finished third, more than 8.1 seconds off the pace.

Thirty of those wins have been provided by Power.

"To do it here at Indianapolis is terrific", team owner Roger Penske said. Pole victor Will Power was second at 1:10.8371.

Starting from the pole position in his Verizon Chevy, Power lost the lead to Robert Wickens during the middle part of the 85-lap race around the 2.439-mile road course when Wickens, on red tires, passed the Team Penske driver (on primary black tires) on Lap 42 and built up a five-second advantage.

It's the fourth straight year the pole victor has won, but it sure wasn't as easy as the other three.

It's the only vehicle in the first two days of the month to have an engine problem.

The Indianapolis 500 is the next race in the championship in a fortnight. A few minutes after practice resumed, the action was stopped when geese appeared in the 12th turn.

"The key to the win was the guys getting me out in front of Wickens, " Power said.

"It was the first time in my career I've had to save fuel like that", the rookie from Canada admitted. "Once I got past him, it was pretty straightforward because we were much faster".

Dixon, driving the No. 9 PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing Honda, said he was surprised at the mileage Power's Chevrolet provided.

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"It was definitely a rough weekend", Dixon said. "I was just a nose ahead".

It marks the 2nd straight 2nd place finish for Dixon.

Wickens fought off Alexander Rossi to keep the final podium spot, and Sebastien Bourdais got around Rossi to come home fourth.

Reigning champion Newgarden trailed home 11th after his error, but holds onto the series lead, a mere two points clear of Rossi.

It was something that Wickens acknowledged that he has never done before in a race vehicle.

But unlike St. Petersburg, where he failed to finish the rookie made the most of his IndyCar Grand Prix appearance. We had to go past that number because I didn't save enough at the beginning. The whole time, they were giving me a number and I wasn't able to hit it and they were like we need this and I was trying.

"Yeah, I just was hoping that he was maybe concentrating on saving fuel because I knew it was going to be fairly hard to get the mileage that we needed to, " said Dixon, a native of Auckland, New Zealand.

"It was a stressful afternoon, I was really happy in the first couple of stints and then that final one there with the fuel save kind of blew it wide open".

Four-time series champion Bourdais kept his nose clean in throughout the race despite the close-call with Newgarden; the Frenchman's No.19 Dale Coyne vehicle managed to steal fourth place away from Long Beach race victor Alexander Rossi in the final laps.

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