On the Indy road course

On the Indy road course

Postby meteorite » Sat May 12, 2018 11:43 pm

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

The victory was as much a study in statistical nuggets as the first victory of the 2018 season for Power. The victory was the 200th 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, who won for the third time in the INDYCAR Grand Prix. For the fourth consecutive year, the race was won from the pole.

“To do it here at Indianapolis is terrific,” team owner Roger Penske said. “This gives us tremendous momentum going into the 500.”

But this was no parade for Power, who dueled 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.

“I’ve never driven so hard for an entire race. I was 100 percent the entire time,” said Power, who crossed the finish line in the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet 2.2443 seconds ahead of Dixon. “I’m exhausted.”

Penske deemed Power’s effort “world class, having to make fuel at the end, staying ahead of Wickens, staying ahead of the best guy in the business, Scott Dixon.”

The finish was a repeat of a year ago when Power placed first and Dixon second. Dixon, in the No. 9 PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing Honda, collected the 39th runner-up finish of his career (third all time) and the 97th podium finish (fifth all time).

Wickens placed third, with Sebastien Bourdais fourth and Alexander Rossi fifth. A late spin relegated points leader Josef Newgarden to 11th place, but the Team Penske driver still holds an unofficial two-point advantage over Rossi heading into “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.”

(C)hassis: D=Dallara | (E)ngine: C=Chevy, H=Honda | (T)ire: F=Firestone
Indianapolis Motor Speedway RC
Verizon IndyCar Series
INDYCAR Grand Prix
May 12, 2018
Event:
Track:
Report:
Session:
Unofficial Lap Report
2.439 mile(s)
Round 5
Race
Pos
SP
Car
Driver
C/E/T
Lap
Laps
Down
Time
Down
Pit
Stops
Elapsed Time
Avg
Speed
Running /
Reason Out
Pts
Total
Pts
Standings
1
1
12
Power, Will
D/C/F
85
0
--.----
3
01:49:46.1935
113.318
Running
54
135
7
2
18
9
Dixon, Scott
D/H/F
85
0
2.2443
3
01:49:48.4378
113.279
Running
40
147
4
3
2
6
Wickens, Robert (R)
D/H/F
85
0
8.1621
3
01:49:54.3556
113.178
Running
36
133
8
4
3
18
Bourdais, Sebastien
D/H/F
85
0
8.7293
3
01:49:54.9228
113.168
Running
33
152
3
5
8
27
Rossi, Alexander
D/H/F
85
0
11.7462
3
01:49:57.9397
113.116
Running
31
176
2
6
10
3
Castroneves, Helio
D/C/F
85
0
14.3860
3
01:50:00.5795
113.071
Running
28
28
24
7
4
5
Hinchcliffe, James
D/H/F
85
0
15.3368
3
01:50:01.5303
113.055
Running
26
144
5
8
7
22
Pagenaud, Simon
D/C/F
85
0
17.2354
4
01:50:03.4289
113.022
Running
24
90
12
9
17
15
Rahal, Graham
D/H/F
85
0
18.0987
4
01:50:04.2922
113.007
Running
23
142
6
10
11
30
Sato, Takuma
D/H/F
85
0
23.1137
4
01:50:09.3072
112.922
Running
20
90
13
11
6
1
Newgarden, Josef
D/C/F
85
0
24.2632
3
01:50:10.4567
112.902
Running
20
178
1
12
19
19
Claman De Melo, Zachary (R)
D/H/F
85
0
30.0421
3
01:50:16.2356
112.803
Running
18
49
21
13
14
98
Andretti, Marco
D/H/F
85
0
37.4374
3
01:50:23.6309
112.677
Running
17
105
10
14
12
14
Kanaan, Tony
D/C/F
85
0
41.3456
4
01:50:27.5391
112.611
Running
16
95
11
15
9
21
Pigot, Spencer
D/C/F
85
0
41.6927
6
01:50:27.8862
112.605
Running
15
76
16
16
16
59
Chilton, Max
D/C/F
85
0
42.8434
3
01:50:29.0369
112.586
Running
14
58
20
17
22
88
Chaves, Gabby
D/C/F
85
0
45.0983
5
01:50:31.2918
112.547
Running
13
68
17
18
13
28
Hunter-Reay, Ryan
D/H/F
85
0
53.1086
3
01:50:39.3021
112.412
Running
12
125
9
19
24
32
Kaiser, Kyle (R)
D/C/F
85
0
58.1755
4
01:50:44.3690
112.326
Running
12
35
23
20
23
23
Kimball, Charlie
D/C/F
85
0
1:11.7538
4
01:50:57.9473
112.097
Running
10
60
18
21
21
4
Leist, Matheus (R)
D/C/F
85
0
1:17.9918
4
01:51:04.1853
111.992
Running
9
60
19
22
15
10
Jones, Ed
D/H/F
84
1
-
4
01:49:51.6095
111.893
Running
8
87
14
23
20
26
Veach, Zach (R)
D/H/F
84
1
-
5
01:50:07.6069
111.622
Running
7
84
15
24
5
20
King, Jordan (R)
D/C/F
83
2
-
4
01:50:36.6121
109.811
Running
6
44
22
Fastest Lap:
124.423 mph ( 70.5687 sec) on lap 15 by 9 - Scott Dixon
Fastest Leader Lap:
End of Lap 85:
Time of Race: 01:49:46.1935 Avg Speed: 113.318 Lead Changes: 9 Caution Laps: 8
123.231 mph ( 71.2513 sec) on lap 9 by 12 - Will Power
Lead Change Summary
On Lap
Car
Leader
1
12
Power, Will
20
18
Bourdais, Sebastien
21
1
Newgarden, Josef
22
27
Rossi, Alexander
24
32
Kaiser, Kyle
26
6
Wickens, Robert
41
12
Power, Will
43
15
Rahal, Graham
46
6
Wickens, Robert
51
12
Power, Will
Car
Driver
Laps Led
12
Power, Will
56
6
Wickens, Robert
20
15
Rahal, Graham
3
27
Rossi, Alexander
2
32
Kaiser, Kyle
2
18
Bourdais, Sebastien
1
1
Newgarden, Jo

The 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil is set for Sunday, May 27 (11 a.m. ET, ABC and Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network). Practice on the famed 2.5-mile oval begins Tuesday, with two days of qualifications to set the 33-car field on May 19-20.
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