An IndyCar series champion and four times runner-up, Power delivered a cool, calculated drive on a sizzling hot day to reach Victory Lane, becoming the first Australian to win the famed race and giving owner Roger Penske his 17th Indy 500 success. "I don't even want to be here because I'm pretty sad".
Power narrowly pulled ahead of leaders Stefan Wilson and Jack Harvey, both of whom were forced to stop with five laps left to refuel. "I was wondering if I would ever win it". If I win, people will remember that. While the cause of the wreck remains undetermined, Chip Ganassi Racing's Ed Jones suffered a similar incident just laps before without coming into contact with another vehicle.
The victory was the 34th of Power's IndyCar career, tying him for eighth place on the all-time list with two-time Indy 500 victor Al Unser Jr.
Three-time Indy victor Helio Castroneves also made an early exit after crashing on Lap 147.
"This was a race you wanted to lead", Power said.
Drivers compensated by hydrating heavily before the race so they could complete a race that lasted more than three hours.
"I just can't believe it", he said after the race. Maybe someday he'll race for me. "I don't know if we have a tampering rule in IndyCar, but congrats Will".
Defending champion Takuma Sato also crashed out after running into the back of James Davison's vehicle. Patrick said she felt she had an excellent chance to win in her last scheduled professional race.
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Power is also the winningest IndyCar driver in Penske history (31). Patrick crashed in that race too.
Power hits the finish line for victory.
Patrick was able to lift herself out of the auto and walked away from the crash.
It was a insane finish, as always, but certainly the right man won, which is good.
He would like a little more downforce in the aero package at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but in the meantime, will maximize what the team has to work with.
"Yeah, It's an entire career". I've had a lot of good fortune here and did still have some this month, it just didn't come on race day.
Danica told ABC the source of her losing control: "Little bit of understeer and [the car] just swung". That put her in good company, as she finished ahead of three-time victor Helio Castroneves and a number of other Indy 500 winners. Bourdais crashed a year after missing the race because of a harrowing, high-speed accident during qualifying, while Castroneves - who is now driving sports cars for Penske - was going for a record-tying fourth victory in the Indy 500 in a brief return to open-wheel racing.
"It was a good day from a championship perspective but we didn't have enough to win".