Pocono IndyCar: Penske's Will Power recovers from lap down to win

Will Power led a Penske one-two in the Pocono IndyCar race, after a late strategy gamble allowed him to turn around his fortunes

Pocono IndyCar: Penske's Will Power recovers from lap down to win

A front wing problem had forced Power to pit out of sequence and go a lap down in the opening stages.

His trouble were further compounded by rear wing damage, which he sustained in contact with Charlie Kimball.

While Power struggled at first, Chip Ganassi Racing duo Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan were the early frontrunners.

Also in the lead battle was Josef Newgarden, who made his way up from 14th on the grid, and Ryan Hunter-Reay who came back into the top five from 21st after suffering a crash in qualifying that nearly ruled him out of the race.

A yellow for a big crash between James Hinchcliffe and JR Hildebrand midway through the race at Turn 1 gave Penske chance to pit Power to have his rear wing damage fixed and get back onto the lead lap.

At the restart Power worked his way up to ninth, which put him in clean air as the leaders made their penultimate pitstops.

Penske elected to keep Power out for a few more laps, which he used to put in the fastest lap of the race. When he emerged from the pits, that netted him a 4.5-second lead heading into the final stint.

Dixon, Hunter-Reay and Kanaan gave chase, with Dixon first of the leaders to make a final pitstop with 20 laps to go.

Penske instantly reacted by bringing Power in on the next lap, allowing him to emerge as the effective leader.

Dixon meanwhile lost ground to Newgarden and Alexander Rossi as they pitted a few laps later, then needed to save fuel with a handful of laps left.

That set up a close finish between Power, Newgarden, and Rossi, with the Penske team-mates going wheel-to-wheel on occasion.

Power was just able to hold on and take Penske's 196th IndyCar win by half a second.

Reigning champion Simon Pagenaud was not able to challenge the leaders for most of race, with Kanaan in fifth ahead of Dixon.

Hunter-Reay dropped back to eighth behind fellow qualifying crasher Helio Castroneves.

Graham Rahal and Carlos Munoz rounded out the top 10.

Polesitter Takuma Sato ended the race only 13th, having suffered with balance issues that caused him to drop back early on.

Race result

Pos Driver Team Car Laps Gap
1 Will Power Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 200 2h43m16.6005s
2 Josef Newgarden Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 200 0.5268s
3 Alexander Rossi Andretti Herta Dallara/Honda 200 0.7112s
4 Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 200 0.8770s
5 Tony Kanaan Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 200 2.9056s
6 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 200 3.3544s
7 Helio Castroneves Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 200 3.7273s
8 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 200 4.0833s
9 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda 200 4.6884s
10 Carlos Munoz AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Chevrolet 200 6.9330s
11 Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 200 9.4607s
12 Ed Carpenter Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 200 10.4503s
13 Takuma Sato Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 200 11.2388s
14 Conor Daly AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Chevrolet 200 19.8050s
15 Gabby Chaves Harding Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 200 20.6790s
16 Charlie Kimball Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 200 24.4523s
17 Ed Jones Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 200 25.0689s
18 Max Chilton Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 129 Mechanical
19 J.R. Hildebrand Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 124 Contact
20 James Hinchcliffe Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 124 Contact
21 Sebastian Saavedra Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 114 Contact
22 Esteban Gutierrez Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 23 Contact

Drivers' standings

Pos Driver Points
1 Josef Newgarden 494
2 Scott Dixon 476
3 Helio Castroneves 472
4 Simon Pagenaud 468
5 Will Power 452
6 Graham Rahal 418
7 Takuma Sato 399
8 Alexander Rossi 394
9 Tony Kanaan 351
10 James Hinchcliffe 327
11 Ryan Hunter-Reay 322
12 Max Chilton 322
13 Marco Andretti 306
14 Ed Jones 298
15 J.R. Hildebrand 288
16 Carlos Munoz 256
17 Charlie Kimball 237
18 Mikhail Aleshin 237
19 Conor Daly 215
20 Spencer Pigot 165
21 Ed Carpenter 160
22 Sebastien Bourdais 136
23 Gabby Chaves 98
24 Juan Pablo Montoya 93
25 Esteban Gutierrez 91
26 Sebastian Saavedra 61
27 Oriol Servia 61
28 Fernando Alonso 47
29 Pippa Mann 32
30 Jay Howard 24
31 Zach Veach 23
32 Sage Karam 23
33 James Davison 21
34 Jack Harvey 17
35 Tristan Vautier 15
36 Buddy Lazier 14


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