Will Power completes Penske ideal weekend at INDYCAR GP

Monday, 15 May, 2017

Power dominated, leading 61 of 85 laps en route to the second IndyCar Grand Prix victory of his career at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course. That gave the lead to Castronveves or the middle third of the race.

IMS President Doug Boles says "we're proud to welcome Jostens to the IMS family and look forward to seeing our champions wearing their rings starting with this weekend's INDYCAR Grand Prix".

A mechanical problem took him out of the season opener at St. Petersburg.

Pigot, driver of the No. 20 Fuzzy's Vodka Chevrolet, was perhaps the star of the race as he vaulted from 16th up to sixth early on, notably after gaining six positions just on the first lap alone.

"The auto was really good, especially through Turns 7-13, and I was right with Ryan (Hunter-Reay, who finished third) so I think hopefully we certainly a good shot at the top 5", said Pigot, who has likely passed more cars than anyone this season. You can also point to nearly any vehicle in the field and come up with a reason why they can win this race.

Busch hopped into the No. 51 Toyota of his own Kyle Busch Motorsports and roared to the front early Friday night, winning the first two stages before taking advantage of leader Ben Rhodes's engine trouble in the closing laps to take the checkered flag.

Teammate Ed Jones was barely better, running 19th after needing to avoid spinning Tony Kanaan on the first lap and losing more spots after a botched pit stop. Over the past two races, the pole victor has taken home the trophy before they switch gears to the Indianapolis 500.

In contrast, Will Power had a ideal day.

Scott Dixon finished the race in 2nd place a whole 5.2830 seconds behind Power. Chip Ganassi Racing will no doubt be a force, while the six-driver Andretti Autosport will no doubt be strong.

Helio Castroneves was eighth at 1:10.6351, a day after finishing second, which is where he'll start Saturday.

"This is nice to roll into the next two weeks, preparing for the biggest race in the world".

After the first stint, in which he overcooked his tires, his racecraft was impeccable.

"I think this track lends itself to my physicality", Rahal said.

"I was just very conscious of the gap Dixon was closing and I kept thinking "He's going to burn his tyres off" and then he kept closing", Power said. "We're saving that for the [Indianapolis] 500, I guess". "We passed a lot of cars and then I passed a lot of them again later on in the race".

A year ago, he won more races (five), more poles (seven) and had more top-five finishes (10) than anyone else. Bourdais fell to seventh with 136 points. He was fastest in every practice session, earned the pole position Friday with a track-record lap in Verizon P1 Award qualifying and set a race record speed average of 120.813 miles per hour. He led 88 of the 200 laps and finished at an average speed of 74.6 miles per hour. He took 12th on Friday. In 1966, he won his inaugural Indy 500 race, and in 1972 he won the 24 Hours of Le Mans.