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Power reigns at Indy GP for Penske's 200th Indy auto win

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Eugene Bates | 15 May, 2018, 22:39

"That was the first race where I kind of felt like a true rookie in that final stint because I've never had to save fuel before".

Defending champion Will Power will be on the pole for today's (Saturday, May 12) IndyCar Grand Prix on the road course at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Picking up his first podium finish of the 2018 season was Scott Dixon in the No. 9 PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing Honda putting Dixon in second place finish after starting back in 18th.

"To do it here at Indianapolis is terrific", team owner Roger Penske said. He barely beat Wickens off pit lane on the final stop of the day and then had to contend with light rain that began with 13 laps to go.

"I've never driven so hard for an entire race, I was 100 percent all of the time and I'm exhausted". "I was hoping to have a bit more pace on the blacks and maybe hold him off a bit longer but it just didn't happen".

That was more than enough as Power steadily pulled away from the Canadian rookie, who ended up third behind Dixon, while also conserving enough fuel to reach the checkered flag. He and Power both pitted on lap 21 with Wickens putting reds on while Power put on blacks.

"I leaned it out more, which is a power loss, and then I got the number".

"I think big fuel saving is probably a new thing for him - Dixon and myself have been doing it our whole careers and we're used to trying to extract lap time and fuel save".

Many drivers were preferring the red striped alternate softer tyre throughout the race while the primary, harder black tyres struggled for pace and were not lasting much longer which meant the battle to finish was supposed to be finely poised.

"They were giving me a number, and I wasn't able to hit it", he said.

Power, who successfully defended in scoring his third victory in the five runnings of this road race that commences the month of May, had too much for everybody, including runner-up Scott Dixon and third-place finisher Robert Wickens.

The stops fell just outside of the fuel window forcing teams to decide whether to attempt to save fuel and not pit again or attempt to go full power.

But Bourdais, as good a strategist as Dale Coyne, his auto owner, both saved fuel and shepherded his push-to-pass time - that boost of horsepower that can propel one driver by another - wisely.

"It's very hard to defend if someone behind you is on overtake and you're not, just the rate of speed, especially on long straights like this it's nearly impossible".

Alexander Rossi and France's Sebastien Bourdais rounded out the top five. Other drivers and celebrities we bumped into outside of the mandatory and sometimes terrible press conferences include TV icon David Letterman, Colombian racing driver Carlos Munoz, Olympic swimmer Lilly King, WNBA champion Tamika Catchings, renowned motorsport physios Jim Leo and Alex Wanee, team owner and 1986 Indy 500 victor Bobby Rahal, and three-time Indy 500 victor Dario Franchitti, among many more.

A record-tying seven drivers led the race, matching the mark set in the inaugural 2014 race.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The final warmup session for the IndyCar Grand Prix was stopped twice because of smoke from an engine and geese. Pole victor Will Power was second at 1:10.8371. It will also be the final drive for Danica Patrick.

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