Team Penske’s Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Chevrolet started Saturday’s IndyCar Grand Prix of Indianapolis on the road course from pole position and trading the lead with team mate Helio Castroneves throughout the 85 lap caution free race to claim his first win of the season and the 30th of his Verizon IndyCar Series career setting him up nicely for the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.
Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon ended the race in second place in the No.9 NTT DATA Honda and Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL Honda.
Speaking following the race, Power said that Chevrolet did a mega job and he was happy with his performance. The victory was Team Penske’s third win of the season following Josef Newgaren’s win at Barber Motorsports Park and Simon Pagenaud’s win last time out in Phoenix.
Reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion Simon Pagenaud in the No.1 Menards Chevrolet rounded out the top four.
Helio Castroneves in the No.3 Verizon Chevrolet ended the race in fifth place following a race long battle with Will Power. The driver of the day has to be Graham Rahal of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing who started the race from 20th place and finished it in sixth just ahead of Chip Ganassi Racing’s Max Chilton in the No.8 Gallagher Honda.
Alexander Rossi did a great job for Andretti Autosport as he finished the race in eighth place just ahead of Spencer Pigot who did a fantastic job for Ed Carpenter Racing.
On his return to racing in the Verizon IndyCar Series, Juan Pablo Montoya in the No.22 Fitzgerald Glider Kits Chevrolet ended the race by rounding out the top ten. Josef Newgarden who has been suffering from food poisoning since Thursday suffered three drive through penalties for speeding in the pit lane and came home in 11th place just ahead of Andretti Autosport’s Takuma Sato.
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe felt the No.5 Arrow Honda did not roll off the truck well on Friday and ended the race in 13th place having started the race from 10th place.
JR Hildebrand in the No.21 Chevrolet for Ed Carpenter Racing finished the race in 14th place just ahead of AJ Foyt Racing’s Carlos Munoz and Andretti Autosport’s Marco Andretti while Conor Daly ended the race in 17th place just ahead of Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Mikhail Aleshin.
Dale Coyne Racing’s Ed Jones ended the race in 19th place just ahead of Chip Ganassi Racing’s Tony Kanaan who was caught up in an incident with Marco Andretti rounded out the order. Sebastien Bourdais and Charlie Kimball failed to finish the race.
The focus for the Verizon IndyCar Series now switches to preparations for the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil with practice getting underway on Monday.