INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion Will Power backed up his Verizon P1 Award and track qualifying lap record with a dominant victory today in the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis.
Power, driving the No. 1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, led 65 of the 82 laps and won by 1.5023 seconds over Graham Rahal on the 2.439-mile, 14-turn Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.
Power is the fifth different winner in as many Verizon IndyCar Series races this season.
“I’m halfway there. The Indy 500 is on my mind and I’m very determined to get it done,” said Power, who seeks to become the first driver to win on the road course and 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval. “In this race, the first lap was as fast as the last lap. Honestly, I think it was staying ahead at the start and the restart and then it was managing that traffic and just the pit sequence.
For the second time in three races, there was only one caution flag. A full-course caution was called on Lap 1 as multiple cars were involved in an incident entering Turn 1.
The caution was costly for front-row starter Scott Dixon and Helio Castroneves, who qualified third in his 300th Indy car start. Following two caution laps, it was a sprint to the finish for the 25 entries, but Castroneves rallied to finish sixth and Dixon 10th.
Teams return Monday to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for Indianapolis 500 practice. Qualifications are May 16-17.