Power Wins Strategic Indianapolis 500

Will Power edged Ed Carpenter in the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500. Power, whose car seemed to get stronger as the race went on, took the lead for good with 3 laps remaining when leader Stefan Wilson and second place Jack Harvey had to stop for fuel.

Power led 59 laps, second to Ed Carpenter’s race high 65. Power was able to pass Carpenter in the pits and kept ahead of the pole winner.

Alexander Rossi came from starting 32nd to finish fourth. Graham Rahal finished tenth after starting 30th.

It was an intriguing race with teams using different pit strategies. A rash of yellows around lap 50 and other cautions in the second half of the race played havoc with some teams’ plans.

Two fan favorites, Danica Patrick and Helio Castroneves, crashed in separate incidents. It was the final race for Patrick, who is the first woman to lead laps at Indianapolis.

Three time winner Castroneves ran in the top 10 most of the day,but never contended for the lead. This was his only race in Indycar this season.

More tomorrow, including my thoughts on the day as a whole.

 

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