Indianapolis - Will
Power became the first Australian to win the Indianapolis 500 on
Sunday, taking the chequered flag in America's fabled race on his 11th
"Overwhelming. Amazing," Power said of his triumph on the 2.5-mile
oval of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where he was runner-up in 2015.
"It's funny, you forget where you are, you're so immersed in the
race," said Power, who crossed the line 3.1589 seconds ahead of pole
sitter Ed Carpenter. "On the white flag lap I started screaming because I
just knew I was going to win it. Unbelievable. Never been so excited."
New Zealand's Scott Dixon, winner in 2008, was third, 2016 winner Alexander Rossi fourth and 2014 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay fifth.
Power, the 2014 IndyCar Series champion, gave team owner Roger Penske a 17th victory in the Indy 500 - the most for any owner.
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 winner Al Unser
For a driver who once struggled on oval circuits, the victory on the
most iconic oval of them all was the realisation of a long-cherished
"I always wondered if I was going to win it, and thoughts went through my mind, in my career," Power said.
"I've had so many wins, and so many poles, but everybody always
talked about the 500 ... I've been thinking, 'Am I going to finish my
career without a 500 win?'"
Power, who started from the outside of the front row was running
fourth on the race's final restart from a caution and had moved up to
third with five laps remaining.
"That last restart I was very determined," said Power who had plenty
of speed in the second half of the 200-lap race. "I knew that I had to
get a run on these guys, at least get one of them in the first turn,
which I didn't.
"I got Oriol (Servia) I think a lap later or something."
In the end the way opened for him as race leader Stefan Wilson and
second-placed Jack Harvey had to pit for fuel with just over four laps
When he saw that, Power said, "I'm like, 'Man, I think I'm going to win this!'"
Power said the victory was "the last box to tick to be considered a very successful driver".
"I'm not done," added the Aussie, who took over the IndyCar series
points lead after six of 17 races with a two-point lead over Rossi. "I
still have plenty of time left to win more 500s and championships and
A stream of marquee
names had fallen by the wayside by then. Takuma Sato's title defence
ended on the 47th lap when the Japanese driver crashed into slow-moving
Danica Patrick, who said the race would be the last of her groundbreaking 20-year racing career, hit the wall on the 68th lap.
"Today was really disappointing, for what we were hoping for and what
you want for your last race," said the 36-year-old American, the only
woman to win an IndyCar race and start from pole at the Daytona 500.
"But I'm grateful for all of it. I wish I could have finished stronger."
France's Sebastian Bourdais, back at Indy a year after he suffered
hip and pelvic injuries in qualifying last year, three-time winner Helio
Castroneves of Brazil and 2013 winner Tony Kanaan of Brazil also failed
to make it to the finish.
Castroneves hit the wall while running in the top five on lap 146.
"Probably went wide in turn three and probably was a little of dust
in the tires and then as soon as I came to three and I tried to pass
Simon (Pagenaud) but the rear just gave out," Castroneves said.
"I was not expecting (it), I never had a sign. The car was good. It was definitely tough out there."
He immediately petitioned team owner Penske for another shot saying: "Please Roger, I've got to go back."
Results on Sunday in the 102nd Indianapolis 500 on the 2.5-mile oval at Indianapolis Motor Speedway:
1. Will Power (AUS/Penske) 200 laps in 2hr 59min 42.6365sec (avg 166.935 mph, 268.6 km/h)
2. Ed Carpenter (USA/Ed Carpenter) at 3.1589sec
3. Scott Dixon (NZL/Chip Ganassi) at 4.5928
4. Alexander Rossi (USA/Andretti) at 5.2237
5. Ryan Hunter-Reay (USA/Andretti) at 6.7187
6. Simon Pagenaud (FRA/Penske) at 7.2357
7. Carlos Munoz (COL/Andretti) at 7.8377
8. Josef Newgarden (USA/Penske) at 8.6917
9. Robert Wickens (CAN/Schmidt Peterson) at 9.3112
10. Graham Rahal (USA/Rahal Letterman Lanigan) at 11.3368
11. JR Hildebrand (USA/Dreyer & Reinbold) at 12.7354
12. Marco Andretti (USA/Andretti) at 14.0745
13. Matheus Leist (BRA/A.J. Foyt) at 14.7798
14. Gabby Chaves (COL/Harding) at 15.1173
15. Stefan Wilson (GBR/Andretti) at 33.6747
16. Jack Harvey (GBR/Schmidt Peterson) at 34.7970
17. Oriol Servia (ESP/Scuderia Corsa) at 38.2325
18. Charlie Kimball (USA/Carlin) at 41.5146
19. Zachary Claman de Melo (CAN/Dale Coyne) at 1 lap
20. Spencer Pigot (USA/Ed Carpenter) at 1 lap
21. Conor Daly (USA/Dale Coyne) at 1 lap
22. Max Chilton (GBR/Carlin) at 2 laps
23. Zach Veach (USA/Andretti) at 2 laps
24. Jay Howard (GBR/Schmidt Peterson) at 7 laps
25. Tony Kanaan (BRA/A.J. Foyt) at 13 laps
26. Sage Karam (USA/Dreyer & Reinbold) at 46 laps
27. Helio Castroneves (BRA/Penske) at 55 laps
28. Sébastien Bourdais (FRA/Dale Coyne) at 63 laps
29. Kyle Kaiser (USA/Juncos) at 90 laps
30. Danica Patrick (USA/Ed Carpenter) at 133 laps
31. Ed Jones (UAE/Chip Ganassi) at 143 laps
32. Takuma Sato (JPN/Rahal Letterman Lanigan) at 154 laps
33. James Davison (AUS/Foyt) at 155 laps
IndyCar series standings after six of 17 races:
1. Will Power (AUS/Penske) 243 points, 2. Alexander Rossi
(USA/Andretti) 241, 3. Josef Newgarden (USA/Penske) 233, 4. Scott Dixon
(NZL/Chip Ganassi) 218, 5. Ryan Hunter-Reay (USA/Andretti) 186