Power closes on IndyCar lead, Pagenaud crashes

Will Power celebrates his 29th career win at Pocono

Will Power celebrates his 29th career win at Pocono

Will Power has prevailed in an action-packed ABC Supply 500 that saw Simon Pagenaud crash out of contention in the delayed Pocono race.

Team Penske ace Power pinched his fourth win of the season to close within 20 points of team-mate Pagenaud who suffered a heavy Turn 1 crash 43 laps from the finish.

One of nine different leaders which included Pagenaud, Power took control from lap 165 of 200 and was never headed to the finish.

“It was so hard to follow in traffic because we started very light on downforce but you know, we just kept adding and adding and adding. Then the team adjusted on the car a bit until it was awesome at the end and I was very good in traffic,” Power said.

It was Power’s  29th career win that sees him move level with Helio Castroneves and Rick Mears for 11th on the all-time list

Polesitter Mikhail Aleshin (Schmidt-Peterson) was second while defending race winner Ryan Hunter-Reay experienced a wildly fluctuating race before finishing third.

Hunter-Reay started last, then led before losing a lap when the engine shut down while leading, however he managed to fight on and stage a remarkable comeback.

Power has now moved to within 20 points of Pagenaud with the series coming down to the final three races of the season at Texas, Watkins Glen and the double points round at Sonoma.

Josef Newgarden (Ed Carpenter Racing) kept his series hopes alive by finishing fourth ahead of Sebastien Bourdais (KV Racing). However Newgarden will not be in the field in the re-run of the unfinished Texas race this weekend as he crashed before that race was red flagged.

Scott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Racing), Carlos Munoz (Andretti Autosport), Juan Montoya (Team Penske), Tony Kanaan (Chip Ganassi) and James Hinchcliffe (Schmidt-Peterson) completed to top 10.

Helio Castroneves was lucky to escape injury in a frightening pit lane accident on lap 64.

Alex Rossi exited his pit box and was sent into the path after Charlie Kimball.

The contact caused Rossi to careen into the path of Castroneves had who just started his getaway from his pit bay with the Andretti-Herta machine riding over the top of the Penske driver’s cockpit.

“Everyone is going to have their own opinion but I was staying in the slow lane,” Rossi said who received a 20s penalty for avoidable contact and making contact with pit equipment.

“Kimball was obviously trying to come in his box, but then Helio was being released. So I don’t know. It’s very unfortunate.”

“Obviously I’m not in charge of releasing cars, so I don’t know the gap that needs to be had. I was sent. I knew there was a car to my right and I stayed in the slow lane. So, that was all I could do.”

IndyCar resumes with the rescheduled Firestone 600 at Texas this weekend.

Result: ABC Supply 500

Pos

SP

Car

Driver

C/E/T

Lap

Laps Down

Time Down

Pit Stops

Elapsed Time

Avg Speed

Pts

Running/Reason Out

1

8

12

Will Power

D/C/C/F

200

0

–.—-

8

02:46:28.9856

180.198

51

Running

2

1

7

Mikhail Aleshin

D/H/H/F

200

0

1.1459

8

02:46:30.1315

180.178

44

Running

3

22

28

Ryan Hunter-Reay

D/H/H/F

200

0

5.9076

9

02:46:34.8932

180.092

36

Running

4

2

21

Josef Newgarden

D/C/C/F

200

0

7.0750

8

02:46:36.0606

180.071

33

Running

5

18

11

Sebastien Bourdais

D/C/C/F

200

0

7.5285

9

02:46:36.5141

180.063

31

Running

6

19

9

Scott Dixon

D/C/C/F

200

0

7.8896

9

02:46:36.8752

180.056

29

Running

7

5

26

Carlos Munoz

D/H/H/F

200

0

11.5938

8

02:46:40.5794

179.990

26

Running

8

15

2

Juan Montoya

D/C/C/F

200

0

13.4345

9

02:46:42.4201

179.956

24

Running

9

9

10

Tony Kanaan

D/C/C/F

200

0

13.7988

8

02:46:42.7844

179.950

23

Running

10

6

5

James Hinchcliffe

D/H/H/F

200

0

14.2235

9

02:46:43.2091

179.942

20

Running

11

11

15

Graham Rahal

D/H/H/F

200

0

14.3471

9

02:46:43.3327

179.940

19

Running

12

13

27

Marco Andretti

D/H/H/F

200

0

16.3334

8

02:46:45.3190

179.904

18

Running

13

17

8

Max Chilton(r)

D/C/C/F

200

0

17.1907

10

02:46:46.1763

179.889

17

Running

14

12

41

Jack Hawksworth

D/H/H/F

200

0

18.5585

9

02:46:47.5441

179.864

16

Running

15

16

83

Charlie Kimball

D/C/C/F

199

1

11

02:47:00.5181

178.733

15

Running

16

20

88

Conor Daly (r)

D/H/H/F

198

2

10

02:46:48.2590

178.053

14

Running

17

21

19

Pippa Mann

D/H/H/F

197

3

10

02:46:58.7731

176.968

13

Running

18

14

22

Simon Pagenaud

D/C/C/F

157

43

7

02:07:20.5988

184.933

13

Contact

19

4

3

Helio Castroneves

D/C/C/F

63

137

3

00:52:42.2672

179.302

11

Contact

20

7

98

Alex Rossi(r)

D/H/H/F

63

137

5

00:53:01.4137

179.350

11

Contact

21

10

20

Ed Carpenter

D/C/C/F

57

143

3

00:56:22.2061

151.676

9

Mechanical

22

3

14

Takuma Sato

D/H/H/F

1

199

0

00:01:16.3324

117.905

8

Contact

Points standings

1

Simon Pagenaud

497

2

Will Power

477

3

Josef Newgarden

397

4

Scott Dixon

386

5

Helio Castroneves

384

6

Tony Kanaan

380

7

Carlos Munoz

354

8

James Hinchcliffe

349

9

Graham Rahal

343

10

Charlie Kimball

333

11

Ryan Hunter-Reay

330

12

Alexander Rossi

327

13

Juan Pablo Montoya

323

14

Sebastien Bourdais

314

15

Mikhail Aleshin

287

16

Takuma Sato

265

17

Marco Andretti

255

18

Conor Daly

254

19

Max Chilton

204

20

Jack Hawksworth

178

21

Spencer Pigot

134

22

Gabby Chaves

105

23

J.R. Hildebrand

84

24

Oriol Servia

72

25

Luca Filippi

61

26

Townsend Bell

55

27

Ed Carpenter

54

28

Pippa Mann

46

29

Matthew Brabham

37

30

Alex Tagliani

35

31

Sage Karam

22

32

Bryan Clauson

21

33

Stefan Wilson

14

34

Buddy Lazier

12

35

R.C. Enerson

11

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