Will Power Continues Penske's Dominance In IndyCar Grand Prix

Posted May 15, 2017

The first of two consecutive IndyCar races from Speedway, Indiana, will run on Saturday, as drivers take part in the IndyCar Grand Prix.

The next race on the schedule is the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500, which takes place May 28 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

"We just created some good strategies with them", Power said of the Firestone tires.

The Penske Racing ace won his 30th career race and the Indy road course race for the second time in three years by beating Scott Dixon of Ganassi Racing to the checkered flag by 5.2830 seconds.

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Dixon, who has not finished out of the top five this season since Chip Ganassi Racing switched to Honda power, said he knew going into the race the auto would be loose. It didn't even take two-time Indianapolis 500 victor Juan Pablo Montoya long to get up to speed. The son of Indy 500 champ Bobby Rahal had to start near rear of the field in 20th. "Then, boom, suddenly they went and I knew we were good".

Penske's cars have won all five poles this season, with Power and Castroneves alternating their qualifying victories. Plus, he's getting to race with/against the man who replaced him, Josef Newgarden, so that should be fun for IndyCar fans to see and compare. "I've been knocking on the door every week, and one is going to go our way here soon".

Of the other sub-30-year-old young guns today, Conor Daly advanced from 15th into the top 10 early but struggled on pit stops and on blacks, Carlos Munoz never seemed a factor, Ed Jones got caught up Marco Andretti and Tony Kanaan's first lap contact and never recovered in what was his worst day in IndyCar thus far (finished 19th) and JR Hildebrand (still only 29) progressed from 21st to 14th but never seemed at ease with the vehicle all weekend. "We had done the job in qualifying and you just wish that we could have capitalized on a strong position". As if switching from a road course mindset to an oval one wasn't challenging enough, he's switching to a new team, as well.

Track officials added another line Friday night with an outdoor red carpet screening of "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul". "Scott and I were kind of in the minority (of the final group)".

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Five drivers - a mix of young and old, wily veterans and hungry youngsters - all capable of potentially sweeping both races this month.

The IndyCar GP won't be the only feature attraction Saturday.

Andretti Autosport: Speaking of people in need, Andretti Autosport enters Indianapolis as the defending Indianapolis 500 champions and the team that apparently is being stalked by the Ghost of Mechanical Problems. A sip-and-puff device that Schmidt breathes into enables him to accelerate and brake.

Andretti will use the same technology to drive an Arrow-modified Stingray SAM Car on the road course. "I haven't any sleep the last two nights and I'm not going to have any sleep tonight".

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