Power Grabs Gateway IndyCar Win

Rossi, Dixon Score Podium Finishes

Scott Stiller
August 26, 2018 - 10:39 am
Will Power In Victory Lane At Gateway Motorsports Park

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Madison, IL (93.7 The Fan) - Team Penske’s Will Power passed PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon on lap 150 and kept his foot on the gas to win Saturday night’s Bommarito Auto Group 500 at Gateway Motorsports Park near St. Louis.

Power and his team elected to run hard and pit for a splash of fuel late instead of saving fuel to avoid making an extra pit stop.  It proved to be the winning strategy as Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi chose fuel-save mode, which leap-frogged him past Dixon into second place but couldn’t get him the win.

“That’s the most fun way to go racing is when you can just go hard, you don’t have to think about lifting and being in a lean fuel slot,” said Power.  “We had so much speed in hand, it was kind of fun.  I’ve never passed so many cars in a short period of time.”

Rossi’s team chose the fuel-save, one less stop strategy and in the end, he gained a spot at the finish and gained a couple of championship points in the process.

“I’m not sure how we made that happen, that’s unbelievable,” said Rossi.  “I wasn’t full throttle at all for the last 70-laps.  I don’t know that we had enough for Will, even if it was a flat-out race to the finish.  But the important thing is we beat Scott and closed the (points) gap a little bit.”

Dixon led 145-laps from the pole position in the No. 9 Honda but conceded the race didn’t play out to their advantage.

“There were two different strategies that played out and I’m a bit mad at myself for not making a decision quicker on which one to take,” said Dixon, who scored his eighth podium finish of the season.  “I’m not sure if it would have made a huge difference in the end, but it’s a solid result and we lost just a small bit to (Alexander) Rossi”.

Dixon came into the race with a 29-point lead over Rossi and left with a 26-point lead heading into next weekend’s race at Portland, the second-to-the-last race of the season.

Power’s victory moved him into third place in the championship fight, 68-points behind Dixon and 42-points behind Rossi.  Double points are awarded at the season finale at Sonoma, so the championship is far from decided.

The win was Power’s third of the season and 35th of his career, tying him with legend Bobby Unser for seventh all-time in IndyCar history.

The next Verizon IndyCar Series race is the Grand Prix of Portland, September 2nd at Portland International Raceway.  The race marks IndyCar’s return to Portland for the first time since 2007.

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