Team Penske’s Will Power overcame some late drama to take his first Indy 500 win!
It seemed with 10 laps to go that Power’s dominance of the second half of the race would count for nothing as veteran Tony Kanaan brought out the caution leaving Power in 4th. However, Stefan Wilson, Jack Harvey and Oriol Servia fell 3 laps short of fuel handing victory to Power.
Polesitter Ed Carpenter dominated the early stages of the 500 and was consistently up there all race but just fell short of a win at his hometown. He came through to 2nd position but will still be disappointed not to win.
Scott Dixon made a bold fuel strategy work after pitting for fuel with 42 laps to go. He needed to lift and coast but the late yellow helped Dixon take a strong 3rd position.
Driver of the day for many people would have been Andretti Autosports Alexander Rossi. The 2016 winner made the outside lane work on many occasions to finish 4th after starting in 32nd position!
Another Andretti came through the field in 2014 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay. The American showed good pace to get to the front but didn’t have enough to challenge his teammate and the Penske’s.
Elsewhere, Danica Patrick’s last race before her retirement ended in a crash just before the midway point. Her car seemed very loose before the crash and was falling down the order.
Carlin managed to being both cars home safely and Charlie Kimball showed some promising pace but sadly had to put for fuel in the last couple of laps to eventually finish in 19th position. His teammate Max Chilton struggled compared to last year’s 4th position after finishing in 22nd position.
IndyCar now head to a double header in Detroit next weekend where Will Power will want to use this victory to make it 3 wins in a row and push for the championship.