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2018 Indianapolis 500: IndyCar Race Results - Power, Penske Win!
Posted by: ASkyler on May 27, 2018 - 03:38 PM
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2018 Indianapolis 500: IndyCar Race Results - Power, Penske Win!

Will Power has won his first Indianapolis 500!

Will Power has won his first Indianapolis 500!
Credit: PaddockTalk / Paul Hurley

By Mike Sulka

A Penske kind of day. Will Power and his No. 12 Verizon Penske Chevrolet has won the 2018 Indianapolis 500. It is Power's first Indy 500 win, and second of the season. It is also his 32nd IndyCar career victory, and 34th in major open-wheel competition.

Power was clearly jubilant after trying 11 years, many with the top team in the IndyCar series.

"It was the restart of my life. I had to get these guys," said Power. "I was wondering if I would ever win it."

And now he has.

Power becomes the first driver to sweep the Indianapolis Grand Prix and the Indianapolis 500 in the same year. Power leads the IndyCar driver's championship.

Ed Carpenter doesn't race every weekend in the IndyCar series, but he knows the Brickyard. Ed had started on the front row three times. Each time he finished 10th or worse. Today, he did better by finishing second.

In third, Scott Dixon and Chip Ganassi bet on fuel strategy. In the end, the gamble came up short, but a podium at the Indianapolis 500 pays well enough they'll be celebrating tonight. He is third in the points championship.

Alexander Rossi made some incredible passes to get to the front, but didn't have enough to get past the top cars. He would finish fourth after starting 32nd. Exceeding expectations.

Ryan Hunter-Reay would finish fifth. The Andretti Autosport driver just didn't have the car to challenge for the win, but the points will be valuable as he challenges for the driver's championship.

Fifteen different drivers led the Indianapolis 500 which tied the record set in 2017.

By Mike Sulka


A hard rain overnight was cause for concern as the start would be on a green track. As would be the heat. The official temperature of 92 degrees tied the record for the hottest Indianapolis 500.

When the green flag was waved, it was a clean start to the 102nd Indianapolis 500 with all 33 cars completing the first 10 laps. Ed Carpenter would lead in clean air, but doing so would burn extra fuel. Simon Pagenaud, Will Power, Josef Newgarden and Sebastien Bourdais would race as they qualified. Danica Patrick would start 7th, but drop back to 12th.

Carpenter would lead through Lap 29. The pit window was expected to be between 31-34 laps. Danica Patrick would be the first car to pit on Lap 29. Tony Kanaan would also pit a bit early, the team would make a wing adjustment. The next time by, Ed Carpenter and Simon Pagenaud would both pit. Carpenter's team would make a slight wing change to get a better grip in traffic. Carpenter was beginning to pass lapped traffic.

Carpenter would re-take the lead on Lap 35 at the end of the pitstops. On Lap 43, Carpenter would lead his 38th lap which would break his personal mark of 37 laps led in 2013.

Carpenter was clearly dominant.

Tony Kanaan started 10th, and was just a couple adjustments away from being part of the fastest cars. By Lap 44, he was running second. Josef Newgarden ran third.

James Davison and his No. 33 crashed while running slow in Turn Four to bring out the first yellow of the afternoon on Lap 47. He was rear ended by Takuma Sato who couldn't keep his car to the inside of the struggling Davison.

Most of the field would pit under the yellow.

Zachary Claman de Mello would pick up the lead for a bit of TV time.

On Lap 55, the race would resume. Claman de Mello would lead the field back to the green and Carpenter, Kanaan, Newgarden, and Pagenaud would quickly dispense with him.

Ed Jones would be the next IndyCar into the wall after losing it in Turn Two. The yellow came out on Lap 57. Jones would be transported to IU Methodist hospital after complaining of head and neck pain.

The race would restart on Lap 63, Kanaan would snatch the lead from Carpenter, and then Carpenter would return the favor on the next lap. An interesting early joust between two cars vying for the win. Kanaan's lap in the lead would mark the 15th different race he'd led a lap at Indianapolis - a new record.

Danica Patrick's racing career would end in the Turn Two wall after losing the backend on Lap 67. It would bring out the third yellow of the afternoon.

Josef Newgarden would gamble, and pit under yellow. He'd drop from 3rd to 20th.

On the Lap 73 restart, Kanaan would take Carpenter again followed by Power, Pagenaud, and Castroneves.

Kanaan would pit from the lead on Lap 90. Carpenter would pit on Lap 92, while the three Penske cars would stay out and pit over the next three laps. A number of different leaders would follow due to about half the field being on the alternate strategy - many of them Honda powered.

On Lap 98, Tony Kanaan would be forced to make another pitstop after a puncture would slow his race.

Graham Rahal would be the leader at the halfway point of the race.

Zach Veach's IndyCar would flame like a Memorial Day barbecue after a bit of fuel spilled onto the sidepod during his pitstop. He would pull away and the wind would put the flame out.

Will Power would take the lead of the race on Lap 108 after all of the pitstops. Carpenter, Pagenaud, Ryan Hunter-Reay would stay close.

The leaders on the primary strategy would pit on Lap 129 with about 4-5 different cars with an advantage depending on future yellows or a green the rest of the race. Anyone pitting on lap 129, would have to pit twice more plus need a splash to make it to the end.

The race had become a roll of the dice.

That was until Sebastien Bourdais and his No. 18 hit the wall in Turn Four after losing it, then catching it, then losing it on the exit of Turn Three.

61 laps to go.

The yellow would help Carpenter, Power, and many of the other leaders. On Lap 145, Power would lead the field back to green, followed by Carpenter. Alexander Rossi would make some brilliant moves passing numerous cars.

Helio Castroneves would be the cause of the next yellow. His No. 3 Penzoil IndyCar spun into the entry of pitlane after losing the backend on the exit of Turn Four. A hard hit into the Safer barrier.

On the Lap 153 restart, Power would lead with Carpenter trailing. Alexander Rossi would once again impress with two huge passes of multiple cars on the outside of the turns getting past Simon Pagenaud and Ryan Hunter-Reay for key positions. His car clearly on rails, and sticking. No one has ever won from 32nd position, but he was giving it a go.

Two laps into the tussle, Sage Karam's car would slam into the Turn Four wall and send his right rear tire careening across the track.

With 45 laps to go, any car pitting would be gambling on a whole lot more yellow. Many of the leaders would be very close on needing their final pitstop. None of the leaders would gamble.

Power would once again lead the field back to green with Carpenter, Rossi, Pagenaud, and Hunter-Reay following. Power would be the first leader to pit on Lap 171. Hunter-Reay and Tony Kanaan would pit on the next lap. Carpenter and Rahal would pick on 173 with Rossi pitting on Lap 174. The lead would continue to change as drivers made their final stops.

Five cars would be on the alternate strategy: Oriol Servia, Stefan Wilson, Jack Harvey, Zachary Claman De Melo, and Scott Dixon. Power would be in the best position of the drivers on the primary strategy.

20 laps to go.

Power would get past Dixon on Lap 184 for fourth. The three cars in front all needing to stop one more time for fuel.

With 12 laps to go, Tony Kanaan would end his race in the wall after losing it in Turn Two. A familiar accident which caught out many drivers today.

The shoot out was on.

While Stefan Wilson would take the lead, Power was lurking. With five laps to go, the final cars on the alternate strategy would pit, and Power would take the win.

Congratulations to Will Power and Penske Racing winners of the 2018 Indianapolis 500!

Next up, the IndyCar series will be traveling to Belle Isle for the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit next weekend.

Race Results

1 Will Power
2 Ed Carpenter
3 Scott Dixon
4 Alexander Rossi
5 Ryan Hunter-Reay
6 Simon Pagenaud
7 Carlos Munoz
8 Josef Newgarden
9 Robert Wickens
10 Graham Rahal
11 JR Hildebrand
12 Marco Andretti
13 Matheus Leist
14 Gabby Chaves
15 Stefan Wilson
16 Jack Harvey
17 Oriol Servia
18 Charlie Kimball
19 Zachary Claman De Melo
20 Spencer Pigot
21 Conor Daly
22 Max Chilton
23 Zach Veach
24 Jay Howard
25 Tony Kanaan
26 Sage Karam
27 Helio Castroneves
28 Sebastien Bourdais
29 Kyle Kasier
30 Danica Patrick
31 Ed Jones
32 Takuma Sato
33 James Davison

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