2017 Indianapolis GP: IndyCar Race Results - Power, Penske Win!
Flag to flag. Polesitter Will Power and his No. 12 Team Penske Chevrolet drove to an relatively easy win at the IndyCar Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course.
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By Mike Sulka
Flag to flag. Polesitter Will Power and his No. 12 Team Penske Chevrolet drove to an relatively easy win at the IndyCar Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course. For Power, it is his first win of the 2017 season, and 28th of his IndyCar career. It is also his 30th win in major open-wheel competition.
Finishing second, Scott Dixon and his No. 9 Ganassi prepared Honda trailed Castroneves to the final pitstop, and then swept past to take second. It is Dixon's third podium of the year and his 89th IndyCar podium. It is also his 93rd podium in major open-wheel competition. He now trails Pagenaud by just 10 points in the IndyCar drivers championship.
In third, Ryan Hunter-Reay and his No. 28 Andretti Autosport prepared Honda would get past Helio Castroneves with 10 laps to go. For Hunter-Reay, it is his first podium of the year, and 35th major open-wheel podium.
Rounding out the top five were Team Penske drivers Simon Pagenaud and Helio Castroneves.
The Indianapolis Grand Prix would get off to a clean start in mild weather and sunny skies. While Lap One incidents have become commonplace in the history of this race, today that changed - well mostly. Tony Kanaan would take a hit from behind by Marco Andretti or Ed Jones, and pit due to a tire going down.
Will Power would lead the way, followed by Helio Castroneves, Scott Dixon and Josef Newgarden.
Sebastien Bourdais' day would end on Lap 4 due to a motor failure. After a great start to the season, his season would continue to crumble.
Power would continue to lead until Lap 23 when he would pit and take on the scuffed primary tires. Dixon would match his strategy, take some front wing out and also take on the primary tire. Helio Castroneves would take over the lead after getting past Power by pitting a lap earlier.
On Lap 43, Will Power would be the first of the leaders to pit, and take on the soft red tires. Dixon would run one more lap, and Castroneves would finally pit on lap 46. The order just over halfway would be Power, Castroneves, Dixon, Newgarden.
The order would stay the same until Dixon would make his last stop on Lap 64. He would take on reds. Power would pit the next time by, take on reds and return to the action. Castroneves would then pit on Lap 66 and take on the harder prime tire. After all the stops were complete, Power would be safely out front with a five second lead over Castroneves who was being hounded by Dixon.
Dixon would get past Castroneves with 16 laps to go, but was eight seconds behind Power. Dixon would be unable to catch Power.
Victory for Power, and Penske!
Next up, the 2017 Indianapolis 500 in two weeks.
INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana - Results Saturday of the INDYCAR Grand Prix Verizon IndyCar Series event on the 2.439-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course, with order of finish, starting position in parentheses, driver, aero kit-engine, laps completed and reason out (if any):
1. (1) Will Power, Chevrolet, 85, Running
2. (4) Scott Dixon, Honda, 85, Running
3. (8) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Honda, 85, Running
4. (7) Simon Pagenaud, Chevrolet, 85, Running
5. (2) Helio Castroneves, Chevrolet, 85, Running
6. (20) Graham Rahal, Honda, 85, Running
7. (14) Max Chilton, Honda, 85, Running
8. (9) Alexander Rossi, Honda, 85, Running
9. (16) Spencer Pigot, Chevrolet, 85, Running
10. (5) Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevrolet, 85, Running
11. (3) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 85, Running
12. (22) Takuma Sato, Honda, 85, Running
13. (10) James Hinchcliffe, Honda, 85, Running
14. (21) JR Hildebrand, Chevrolet, 84, Running
15. (18) Carlos Munoz, Chevrolet, 84, Running
16. (11) Marco Andretti, Honda, 84, Running
17. (15) Conor Daly, Chevrolet, 84, Running
18. (17) Mikhail Aleshin, Honda, 84, Running
19. (13) Ed Jones, Honda, 84, Running
20. (12) Tony Kanaan, Honda, 83, Running
21. (19) Charlie Kimball, Honda, 32, Off Course
22. (6) Sebastien Bourdais, Honda, 3, Off Course
Winner's average speed: 120.813
Time of Race: 01:42:57.6108
Margin of victory: 5.2830 seconds
Lead changes: 4 among 2 drivers
Verizon IndyCar Series point standings: Pagenaud 191, Dixon 181, Newgarden 152, Castroneves 149, Power 145, Hinchcliffe 137, Bourdais 136, Hunter-Reay 117, Rossi 99, Sato 97.