Photo of Will Power by Chris Jones, Indycar
Will Power takes the pole and dominates the race. Team Penske sweeps the weekend. with two wins and two front row starts. Power and Josef Newgarden combined to lead 109 of the 160 laps. This weekend brought a sense of normalcy back. This how the IMS road course works.
A victory at St. Pete would make Power a 40 race winner. It has been more than 20 years since two 40 race winners were active in the series.
Not every race can be as great as Friday’s, and I wasn’t expecting today’s race to be that good. It is quite a feat to lead every lap in a race, especially one with such a long pit stop delta.
It was nice to see Simon Pagenaud move up to the top 10 after an awful friday. He still hasn’t figured out qualifying. Pagenaud’s struggles in qualifying have been one of the most puzzling things about this season.
Colton Herta made an impressive late charge to close in on Power. It made the last few laps interesting.
Alexander Rossi had his best weekend of the year with two podium finishes.
Jack Harvey has three top 10s and one podium in four races on the IMS road course.
Scott Dixon’s struggles continue. His lead over Newgarden is just 32 points heading to St. Pete. The Florida street course is not one of Dixon’s better tracks. He just needs to keep Newgarden in sight during the race.
I don’t know how Indycar determines race distances, but I think 5 more laps might have made the race more intriguing.
If the fans had a vote, the Harvest Grand Prix would be an annual event.
Finally, huge thanks to Roger Penske, Doug Boles, and the entire staff at IMS for their efforts to create a safe environment for fans to be to attend the races this weekend. The fans who live in Indianapolis needed this, and they will remember and appreciate this weekend for a long time.