Verizon Team Penske’s Will Power has taken his fourth victory of the season at Pocono Raceway on Monday in the No.12 Verizon Chevy to close the gap in the championship to 20 points to his team mate Simon Pagenaud.
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Mikhail Aleshin who started the race from pole position secured his best finish to date in IndyCar as he ended the race on the podium in second place in the No.7 SMP Racing Honda. Ryan Hunter Reay came from the back of the field twice to finish the race in third place in the No.28 DHL Honda.
Josef Newgarden in the No.21 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet finished the race in fourth place just missing out on a podium finish but as a result of Helio Castroneves’ retirement from the race the Ed Carpenter Racing driver move up to third place in the Verizon IndyCar Series points standings.
Sebastien Bourdais used a fantastic strategy to finish the race in fifth place in the No.11 Team Hydroxycut Chevrolet for KVSH Racing just ahead of reigning series champion Scott Dixon who came through the field from 19th place to finish the race in 6th.
Carlos Munoz finished the race in seventh place just ahead of Juan Pablo Montoya and Tony Kanaan. Schmidt Peterson Motorosports James Hinchcliffe who leads the next race in Texas, the Firestone 600 rounded out the top ten in the No.5 Arrow Honda. Graham Rahal had a great battle with Hinch and came home just outside the top ten in 11th place just ahead of Andretti Autosport’s Marco Andretti in the No.27 UFD/Snapple Honda.
Max Chilton was 13th for Chip Ganassi Racing ending the race just ahead of AJ Foyt Racing’s Jack Hawksworh.
Charlie Kimball in the No.83 Tresiba® Chevrolet recovered from the accident in pit-road where his car was undamaged to finish the race in 15th place just ahead of the Dale Coyne Racing duo of Conor Daly and Pippa Mann who rounded out the order in 16th and 17th place respectively.
Series points leader Simon Pagenaud retired from the race in the No.22 Menards Chevrolet Helio Castroneves in the No.3 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet was forced to retire from the race following a frightening crash on pit-road which saw the No.98 Castrol/EDGE Honda of Alexander Rossi launch into the air and over Castroneves’ car fortunately neither driver was hurt.
Ed Carpenter retired from the race with a suspected engine failure while Takuma Sato who started the race from third place on the grid retired from the event on the second lap following a heavy impact with the wall. The Japanese driver walked away from the crash unhurt.
The Verizon IndyCar Series turns its attention to the Texas Motor Speedway for the Firestone 600 which takes place on Saturday night.