'Perfect' drive gives Power IndyCar GP win

15 May, 2018, 22:38 | Author: Alyssa Little
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The Australian picked the ideal strategy and he pressed the push-to-pass button at precisely the right moment to give team boss Roger Penske his 200th series win.

Oh, yeah. That driver who earned the second spot in qualifying, stalked the leader all afternoon and finished in third? Three years later, Donohue delivered the team's first win at Pocono Raceway. Seven laps later, Power's crew barely got him out of the pits in front when almost the entire field made final stops for fuel and tires under the second and last full-course caution of the race.

Power had a late caution period that shrunk his lead, barely won the race off pit lane on the final stop and even drove through some light rain to pull away from Dixion who had great battle in the pack to make it to second by 2.2443 seconds for his second straight IndyCar Grand Prix victory.

Wickens continued to impress in his rookie season, collecting a second podium and third top-four finish in five races.

Wickens, in the No. 6 Lucas Oil Honda, took primary tires after a Lap 41 stop, and Power alternates, using them with his push-to-pass to execute a pass for the lead on the outside coming out of Turn 1 on Lap 51.

James Hinchcliffe will start in fourth to give Schmidt-Peterson a strong outlook heading into Saturday's Grand Prix.

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It's the fourth straight year the pole victor has won, but it sure wasn't as easy as the other three. And there were 214 total passes. Thirty of those triumphs have come since joining Team Penske in 2009, tying the 37-year-old Australian with Helio Castroneves for the most with the team.

"It was the first time in my career I've had to save fuel like that, but in the end, happy with the podium", Wickens said. Honda has won the other two. He has one win with another top-5 finish and hasn't placed outside the top 15 in any race. All levels of Indy Car had races all leading up to incredible performance by team Penske! He now ranks third all-time in IndyCar poles - 16 behind the all-time mark set by Mario Andretti. He has the best average finish at IMS of any driver in the field.

Power took the lead into the first turn but it didn't take long for the caution flag to come out. The first came on the opening lap when Castroneves and teammate Simon Pagenaud touched, and Jordan King ran into the back of Pagenaud. "I've had my eye on the 500 since previous year, with the new vehicle".

Four straight pole winners have won the race, including Power, who has won all three from the No. 1 starting position.

It's the only auto in the first two days of the month to have an engine problem. With AP Photos.The final warmup session for the IndyCar Grand Prix was stopped for a smoking engine and geese. He completed the 2.439-mile, 14-turn course in 1 minute, 10.8157 seconds. The first red flag waved when smoke started billowing from the back of Marco Andretti's No. 98 auto.

In the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship powered by Mazda Kyle Kirkwood (Cape Motorsports) held off Alex Baron (Swan-RJB Motorsports) in the second race of the weekend, in a reversal of the first race finishing order.

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