News stories from May 2018



INDYCAR Grand Prix


16 May 2018

INDIANAPOLIS – Will Power has yet to win an Indianapolis 500 in 10 tries but he burnished his status as the master of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course preliminary to the Verizon IndyCar Series’ greatest race by winning the INDYCAR Grand Prix for the third time on Saturday 12 May.


The victory was as much a study in statistical nuggets as the first victory of the 2018 season for Power. It was the 200th win in Indy car history for Team Penske, which made its debut in the sport 50 years ago.


Thirty of those wins have been provided by Power. For the fourth consecutive year, the race was won from the pole, all by Team Penske drivers.


But this was no parade for Power, who duelled in the middle stretches of the race on the 14-turn, 2.439-mile permanent road course with rookie Robert Wickens, and again in the final laps saving fuel and attempting to maintain a slim gap on master fuel miser Scott Dixon.


Wickens, in the No. 6 Lucas Oil Honda, took primary tires after a Lap 41 stop and Power alternated, 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. Wickens made a bid through the first two turn sequences but Power repulsed him to run off again.


Power appeared on a glide pattern for victory until teammate, defending series champion and points leader Josef Newgarden, spun off Turn 12 attempting to pass Sebastien Bourdais for third on Lap 56. The full-course caution put the entire field on the same tire and fuel program and notorious stalker and fuel conservationist Dixon third on the restart with 25 laps left. Dixon passed Wickens for second but never seriously challenged Power.


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


The finish was a repeat of a year ago when Power placed first and Dixon second. Dixon collected the 39th runner-up finish of his career (third all time) and the 97th podium finish (fifth all time).
Wickens placed third, with Bourdais fourth and Alexander Rossi fifth. A late spin relegated Newgarden to 11th place but the Team Penske driver still holds a two-point advantage over Rossi heading into the 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.


Wickens, who drove in the European DTM sports car series since 2012 until joining the Verizon IndyCar Series this season, said he’d never been asked to save fuel to the extent he was on Saturday.


The 102nd Indianapolis 500 is set for Sunday, May 27.


Indycar.com