2018 Indianapolis GP: IndyCar Race Results - Power, Penske Romp to Win!
Will Power and his No. 12 Penske Chevrolet has won the 2018 Indianapolis Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Credit: PaddockTalk / Paul Hurley
By Mike Sulka
Will Power and his No. 12 Penske Chevrolet has won the 2018 Indianapolis Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. For Power, it is his first win of the year and 31st of his IndyCar career. He has also won 33 times in major open-wheel competition. It is his third win in the Indianapolis Grand Prix in five tries. It was also win number 200 for the legendary Penske team.
Finishing second was Chip Ganassi driver Scott Dixon and his No. 9 IndyCar. For Dixon, it is his 94th career podium, and his 97th major open wheel podium. It is also his first podium of the year.
In third, Robert Wickens led the second stint but couldn't hold on. He picked up his second podium of the year, and second of his IndyCar career.
Alexander Rossi would finish fourth with Sebastien Bourdais rounding out the top five.
As is custom, the Indianapolis Grand Prix started with two incidents including Helio Castroneves who was pushed into Simon Pagenaud who was pushed into Jordan King who was the lone driver to hit the barriers. Pagenaud would continue. Spencer Pigot would slide off on the back stretch after straight lining the chicane, getting airborne and then knocking Takuma Sato off the track.
Polesitter Will Power would lead with Sebastien Bourdais making a hard moved into second.
The racing would resume on Lap 5 Power would lead with Robert Wickens getting past Bourdais. By Lap 10, the field would settle in with the order: Power, Wickens, Bourdais, Newgarden and Rossi.
On Lap 20, Power would pit from the lead with Wickens on his rear wing. Power would go to black Firestone tires, while Wickens would put on the red (soft) tire. Bourdais would pit the next time by and put on red tires. Newgarden would be the next to pit with Rossi the being the final leader to stop. Rossi would be on the push-to-pass during the entire lap trying to leap frog Newgarden.
Meanwhile, Wickens would make an on-track pass to get past Power on Lap 23. Four laps later, all pit stops had been completed with Wickens leading followed by Power, Bourdais, Newgarden and Rossi.
Wickens second pitstop would come on Lap 42, and go to the hard compound (black). Bourdais would follow suit with the same strategy. Power would pit on the next lap for the red tires.
On Lap 50, Will Power would get past Wickens on the main straight with a pass on the outside of Turn One. Power on the red tires, Wickens on the black tires. The new order: Power, Wickens, Bourdais, Newgarden and Dixon. Five laps later, Newgarden would attempt a pass of Bourdais at Turn One and spin after clipping the inside curbing. The result, the second full course yellow of the day.
Most of the field would stop on Lap 57 with most of the cars pitting. Power would leave pitlane in the lead, just nudging out Wickens. Dixon would move up to third.
On Lap 62, the IndyCar field would return to full anger led by Power, Wickens, Dixon, Bourdais and Rossi. However, most cars would be in fuel saving mode due to the number of laps to finish the race.
Next up, the 2018 Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana 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, engine, laps completed and reason out (if any):
1. (1) Will Power, Chevrolet, 85, Running
2. (18) Scott Dixon, Honda, 85, Running
3. (2) Robert Wickens, Honda, 85, Running
4. (3) Sebastien Bourdais, Honda, 85, Running
5. (8) Alexander Rossi, Honda, 85, Running
6. (10) Helio Castroneves, Chevrolet, 85, Running
7. (4) James Hinchcliffe, Honda, 85, Running
8. (7) Simon Pagenaud, Chevrolet, 85, Running
9. (17) Graham Rahal, Honda, 85, Running
10. (11) Takuma Sato, Honda, 85, Running
11. (6) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 85, Running
12. (19) Zachary Claman De Melo, Honda, 85, Running
13. (14) Marco Andretti, Honda, 85, Running
14. (12) Tony Kanaan, Chevrolet, 85, Running
15. (9) Spencer Pigot, Chevrolet, 85, Running
16. (16) Max Chilton, Chevrolet, 85, Running
17. (22) Gabby Chaves, Chevrolet, 85, Running
18. (13) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Honda, 85, Running
19. (24) Kyle Kaiser, Chevrolet, 85, Running
20. (23) Charlie Kimball, Chevrolet, 85, Running
21. (21) Matheus Leist, Chevrolet, 85, Running
22. (15) Ed Jones, Honda, 84, Running
23. (20) Zach Veach, Honda, 84, Running
24. (5) Jordan King, Chevrolet, 83, Running
Winner's average speed: 113.318 mph
Time of Race: 1:49:46.1935
Margin of victory: 2.2443 seconds
Cautions: 2 for 8 laps
Lead changes: 9 among 7 drivers
Power, Will 1 - 19
Bourdais, Sebastien 20
Newgarden, Josef 21
Rossi, Alexander 22 - 23
Kaiser, Kyle 24 - 25
Wickens, Robert 26 - 40
Power, Will 41 - 42
Rahal, Graham 43 - 45
Wickens, Robert 46 - 50
Power, Will 51 - 85
Verizon IndyCar Series point standings: Newgarden 178, Rossi 176, Bourdais 152, Dixon 147, Hinchcliffe 144, Rahal 142, Power 135, Wickens 133, Hunter-Reay 125, Andretti 105.