Will Power Wins Indy 500

Danica Patrick Crashes In Final Race

Scott Stiller
May 28, 2018 - 1:51 am
2018 Indy 500 Champion Will Power Celebrates With A Bottle Of Milk In Victory Lane

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Team Penske's Will Power took the lead with four laps remaining and drove away to win the 102nd Indianapolis 500 on Sunday.  The win was Power's first in The Greatest Spectacle In Racing and Penske's record 17th.  Power also became the first driver to win both the 500 and the IndyCar Grand Prix.

"This month was one of the best months I've had," said Power.  "Very relaxed, in tune with my engineer, just working really well.  It just came together."

It almost didn't come together as a trio of competitors did not pit for fuel during the final caution and elected taking track position.  Power restarted fourth, quickly passed Jack Harvey and then set his sights on Oriol Servia and Stefan Wilson who were ahead of Power.  Power then watched as Servia and Wilson pitted for fuel with 2-laps remaining giving Power the lead.

Pole sitter Ed Carpenter finished 2nd in the No. 20 Fuzzy's Vodka Chevrolet.

"I'll feel pretty good about this in a couple of days," Carpenter said.  "Track position was everything we thought it was going to be, coming into the day.  Just couldn't quite get it back from him."

Scott Dixon finished third in the PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing Honda.  

 "We were trying to save fuel at the end and we knew we had to take a gamble with the PNC Bank car," said Dixon.  "That was all due to my team though.  They made that great strategy call and all I had to do was get the fuel number they gave me."

The race was slowed by seven cautions for 41-laps, most of which were single car spins.  Ed Jones, Danica Patrick, Sebastien Bourdais, Helio Castroneves and Tony Kanaan were all victims.

"I've had a lot of good fortune here and still had some this month," said Patrick.  It just didn't come on race day."

The Verizon IndyCar Series next race is June 1-3 at the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear.  It's a doubleheader with Race 1 on Saturday and Race 2 on Sunday.

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