Penske's Power wins after early woe, crash mars Pocono IndyCar race

Tim Lumb
Autosport
Power wins after early woe, crash mars Pocono race
Power wins after early woe, crash mars Pocono race

Will Power secured his first victory of the IndyCar season for Team Penske, as the race at Pocono was abandoned for weather and featured a huge crash at the start.

Power moved up to third before the race was red flagged on the opening lap after an incident that involved five of the cars in the top 10 including the driver second in the championship, Alexander Rossi.

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When the race was getting ready to restart, Power had to pit because of an air pressure problem, putting him at the back of the grid.

He began to make his way to the top 10 before making his first pit stop around lap 41 of 200.

Luckily for the Penske driver the yellow flag came out while he was still in the pits, leading to him coming back on track in second behind team-mate Simon Pagenaud.

Power fell back to seventh place when he pitted under the third caution, but on fresher tyres was able to stay out for longer than the drivers in front of him.

With a thunderstorm heading to the track, Power made his final stop on lap 112 and kept the lead of the race ahead of Scott Dixon.

The race was put under caution for the final time and soon after red flagged for nearby lightning on lap 126, with the result being declared soon after because of the incoming storm.

The result is Power's first IndyCar win in nearly a year, since his 2018 victory at Gateway, and makes this his 13th consecutive IndyCar season with at least one win.

Chip Ganassi's Dixon ended in second for his fourth podium in a row.

He was running inside the top five for the opening half of the race, but moved into the lead after pitting a lap earlier than race leader Pagenaud - who eventually finished third - on lap 71.

Santino Ferrucci started 13th but quickly moved into fifth after the opening lap crash where he braved a high line to avoid the wreck happening lower down the racetrack.

The rookie driver was running as high as second place in the race and took a best finish of fourth when the race was declared.

Polesitter and championship leader Josef Newgarden ended the race in fifth after losing the lead to Pagenaud at the start then a few more places during the first round of pitstops.

Newgarden still extended his points lead as Rossi was involved in the lap one crash.

Power wins after early woe, crash mars Pocono race
Power wins after early woe, crash mars Pocono race

Takumo Sato collided with Rossi when they were running three-wide with Ryan Hunter-Reay entering Turn 2.

Sato and Reay collected Felix Rosenqvist who went airborne and landed on the tyre wall, while Sato's car flipped after contact again with Rossi.

James Hinchcliffe was also caught up in the incident, hitting the outside wall when trying to slow down.

Hunter-Reay, Rossi and Sato were released from the circuit medical centre almost immediately after the crash, while Rosenqvist was released just before the end of the race after heading to a nearby hospital for checks.

Race result

Pos

Driver

Team

Car

Laps

Gap

1

Will Power

Team Penske

Dallara/Chevrolet

128

1h53m45.8296s

2

Scott Dixon

Chip Ganassi Racing

Dallara/Honda

128

5.4688s

3

Simon Pagenaud

Team Penske

Dallara/Chevrolet

128

7.0950s

4

Santino Ferrucci

Dale Coyne Racing

Dallara/Honda

128

9.4697s

5

Josef Newgarden

Team Penske

Dallara/Chevrolet

128

10.1771s

6

Ed Carpenter

Ed Carpenter Racing

Dallara/Chevrolet

128

15.4239s

7

Sebastien Bourdais

Dale Coyne Racing

Dallara/Honda

128

19.1641s

8

Tony Kanaan

AJ Foyt Enterprises

Dallara/Chevrolet

128

23.3941s

9

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Dallara/Honda

128

25.2060s

10

Charlie Kimball

Carlin

Dallara/Chevrolet

128

27.4361s

11

Conor Daly

Carlin

Dallara/Chevrolet

128

29.2835s

12

Marcus Ericsson

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Dallara/Honda

128

32.6051s

13

Zach Veach

Andretti Autosport

Dallara/Honda

127

1 Lap

14

Matheus Leist

AJ Foyt Enterprises

Dallara/Chevrolet

127

1 Lap

15

Marco Andretti

Andretti Herta

Dallara/Honda

126

2 Laps

16

Colton Herta

Harding Racing

Dallara/Honda

72

Contact

17

Spencer Pigot

Ed Carpenter Racing

Dallara/Chevrolet

39

Contact

18

Alexander Rossi

Andretti Autosport

Dallara/Honda

39

89 Laps

19

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Dallara/Honda

25

Contact

20

James Hinchcliffe

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Dallara/Honda

19

Contact

21

Takuma Sato

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Dallara/Honda

0

Contact

22

Felix Rosenqvist

Chip Ganassi Racing

Dallara/Honda

0

Contact

Drivers' standings

Pos

Driver

Points

1

Josef Newgarden

535

2

Alexander Rossi

500

3

Simon Pagenaud

495

4

Scott Dixon

483

5

Will Power

407

6

Ryan Hunter-Reay

344

7

Graham Rahal

334

8

Takuma Sato

331

9

Felix Rosenqvist

304

10

Sebastien Bourdais

300

11

James Hinchcliffe

297

12

Santino Ferrucci

291

13

Spencer Pigot

278

14

Colton Herta

259

15

Marcus Ericsson

237

16

Marco Andretti

233

17

Zach Veach

223

18

Tony Kanaan

223

19

Matheus Leist

198

20

Ed Jones

187

21

Jack Harvey

153

22

Max Chilton

131

23

Ed Carpenter

121

24

Patricio O'Ward

115

25

Conor Daly

95

26

Charlie Kimball

52

27

Sage Karam

39

28

James Davison

36

29

Helio Castroneves

33

30

Ben Hanley

31

31

Pippa Mann

28

32

Kyle Kaiser

22

33

J.R. Hildebrand

20

34

Oriol Servia

16

35

R.C. Enerson

13

36

Jordan King

12

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