Power scores slashing Indy road course victory

Will Power has scored his first victory of the season and has moved from fifth to second in the points standings

Will Power has scored his first victory of the season and has moved from fifth to second in the points standings

Will Power ignited his IndyCar series claims by becoming the fifth different winner in as many races with a sublime performance in the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis.

Controlling the 82-lap race from pole position, Power was able to put together the perfect race as he surged back into calculations in defence of his maiden series title last year.

After leading 65 laps on the 3.9km circuit, Power guided his Penske Chevrolet to a 1.5s win over a resurgent Graham Rahal who emerged as the surprise contender from the Honda-powered brigade.

Rahal’s result was helped when he leap-frogged Simon Pagenaud in the first round of scheduled pit stops to move into second place.

Series leader Juan Montoya withstood a late charge from Sebastien Bourdais to finish third.

The top 10 were completed by Charlie Kimball in fifth, Helio Castroneves, Tony Kanaan, Stefano Coletti, Takuma Sato and Scott Dixon.

Despite his seemingly invincible position, Power was told to conserve fuel during his last stint.

“That’s the most physical race I think I’ve ever done. It just didn’t stop,” Power said.

“I’m pretty happy for the Verizon guys, it’s pretty special to win here.”

The race began under controversial circumstances as the field swept into turn 1 with Castroneves tapping Dixon’s Ganassi machine which triggered a multiple car melee.

Castroneves made a good fist of the recovery to return deep into the top 10, although the Team Penske veteran has now lost valuable ground to Montoya in the points race.

The Brazilian has slipped to third with Power shooting from fifth to second, only five points adrift of Montoya heading into the Indianapolis 500 in two weeks.

Pagenaud was a non-finisher after his team told him to switch to emergency mode on his ECU (Engine Control Unit).

He ultimately rolled into the pits with terminal problems on lap 25 which has seen him slip to 10th in the points standings.

See below for full results

Pos. Car # Driver Manufacturer Laps Running / Reason Out
1 1 Will Power Chevrolet 82 Running
2 15 Graham Rahal Honda 82 Running
3 2 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevrolet 82 Running
4 11 Sebastien Bourdais Chevrolet 82 Running
5 83 Charlie Kimball Chevrolet 82 Running
6 3 Helio Castroneves Chevrolet 82 Running
7 10 Tony Kanaan Chevrolet 82 Running
8 4 Stefano Coletti (R) Chevrolet 82 Running
9 14 Takuma Sato Honda 82 Running
10 9 Scott Dixon Chevrolet 82 Running
11 28 Ryan Hunter-Reay Honda 82 Running
12 5 James Hinchcliffe Honda 82 Running
13 26 Carlos Munoz Honda 82 Running
14 20 Luca Filippi Chevrolet 82 Running
15 98 Gabby Chaves (R) Honda 82 Running
16 27 Marco Andretti Honda 82 Running
17 8 Sebastian Saavedra Chevrolet 82 Running
18 7 James Jakes Honda 81 Running
19 18 Carlos Huertas Honda 81 Running
20 21 Josef Newgarden Chevrolet 81 Running
21 6 JR Hildebrand Chevrolet 81 Running
22 19 Francesco Dracone (R) Honda 80 Running
23 41 Jack Hawksworth Honda 69 Running
24 25 Justin Wilson Honda 68 Mechanical
25 22 Simon Pagenuad Chevrolet 57 Mechanical

Points standings

1

Juan Pablo Montoya

171

2

Will Power

166

3

Hélio Castroneves

161

4

Scott Dixon

144

5

Graham Rahal

144

6

Tony Kanaan

136

7

Josef Newgarden

129

8

James Hinchcliffe

129

9

Sébastien Bourdais

123

10

Simon Pagenaud

101

11

Carlos Muñoz

101

12

Ryan Hunter-Reay

100

13

Marco Andretti

95

14

Charlie Kimball

89

15

Luca Filippi

85

16

James Jakes

75

17

Takuma Sato

72

18

Gabby Chaves

71

19

Stefano Coletti

65

20

Jack Hawksworth

64

21

Simona de Silvestro

44

22

Francesco Dracone

38

23

Sage Karam

35

24

Sebastian Saavedra

33

25

Carlos Huertas

31

26

Conor Daly

13

27

Rodolfo González

10

28

J.R. Hildebrand

9

29

Justin Wilson

6

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