Power claims another Pocono win in rain-shortened at Pocono

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Team Penske driver Will Power earned his first IndyCar Series victory of the season, extending his streak of consecutive seasons with at least one victory to 13.

This victory came in Sunday' at Pocono Raceway, the 2.5-mile track where he won for the third time in four years. Power's streak is second only to Chip Ganassi Racing's Scott Dixon, who has won IndyCar Series races in 15 consecutive season.

Driving the No. 12 Verizon Chevrolet, Power was leading this race at Lap 128 (of 200) when the inclement weather arrived. Power had taken the lead from Dixon on Lap 115 and pushed the advantage to 6.1 seconds before the caution waved for lightning in the area.

The victory gave Power sole possession of seventh place in career victories with 36, breaking a tie with the legendary Bobby Unser. The Australian said this win came amid "the toughest season of my career."

"Absolutely over the moon to finally win a race this season," he said. "The guys working on the car, they've worked their (tails) off this year - just had bad runs. Yeah, (it's) awesome, awesome - great feeling."

Dixon finished second in the No. 9 PNC Bank Honda, giving him finishes of second, second, first and second over the past month. The strong run, coupled with the fifth-place finish of Team Penske's Josef Newgarden, tightened the championship chase, which has four drivers within 52 points heading to the final three races.

Newgarden started the race from the pole in the No. 2 Hitachi Chevrolet after Saturday's qualifying session was rained out. He expanded his series lead to 35 points as his closest challenger, Andretti Autosport's Alexander Rossi, was collected in a first-lap, multi-car accident in Turn 2.

The cars of Rossi, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing's Takuma Sato and Andretti Autosport's Ryan Hunter-Reay came together approaching the corner, and their contact collected James Hinchcliffe of Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports and series rookie Felix Rosenqvist of Chip Ganassi Racing. There was a 45-minute red flag for cleanup, and all drivers were cleared of injuries. Of the group, only Rosenqvist was transported via ground to a local hospital for further evaluation. All tests were negative and he was released late Sunday afternoon.

Rossi's crew repaired the No. 27 MilitaryToMotorsports.com Honda, but he was unable to gain any positions. He finished 18th, losing 19 points to Newgarden.

"Unfortunately, the weather came and the race was called one lap before we could gain another spot," Rossi said. "We have a couple days to rebound and go for race wins now - that's all that matters."

Indianapolis 500 winner Simon Pagenaud of Team Penske jumped from third to first on the opening lap and led a race-high 64 laps, but he settled for a third-place finish in the No. 22 Penske Truck Rental Chevrolet. Pagenaud is 40 points out of the series lead, Dixon is 52.

"It's good to be in it," said Pagenaud, who like Dixon (five times) and Newgarden is a former IndyCar Series champion. "There's three races to go, all the chances in the world for our team. We're going to keep pushing; that's what we've been doing. Just keep pushing, doing what we do, try to win races. That's going to be the name of the game until the end. I love it."

Series rookie Santino Ferrucci tied his career-best with a fourth-place finish in the No. 19 Cly-Del Manufacturing Honda.

Race Results:

1. (5) Will Power, Chevrolet, 128, Running

2. (4) Scott Dixon, Honda, 128, Running

3. (3) Simon Pagenaud, Chevrolet, 128, Running

4. (13) Santino Ferrucci, Honda, 128, Running

5. (1) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 128, Running

6. (15) Ed Carpenter, Chevrolet, 128, Running

7. (11) Sebastien Bourdais, Honda, 128, Running

8. (19) Tony Kanaan, Chevrolet, 128, Running

9. (8) Graham Rahal, Honda, 128, Running

10. (21) Charlie Kimball, Chevrolet, 128, Running

11. (22) Conor Daly, Chevrolet, 128, Running

12. (16) Marcus Ericsson, Honda, 128, Running

13. (18) Zach Veach, Honda, 127, Running

14. (20) Matheus Leist, Chevrolet, 127, Running

15. (17) Marco Andretti, Honda, 126, Running

16. (14) Colton Herta, Honda, 72, Contact

17. (12) Spencer Pigot, Chevrolet, 39, Contact

18. (2) Alexander Rossi, Honda, 39, Running

19. (6) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Honda, 25, Contact

20. (10) James Hinchcliffe, Honda, 19, Contact 

21. (7) Takuma Sato, Honda, 0, Contact

22. (9) Felix Rosenqvist, Honda, 0, Contact

Race Statistics

Winner's average speed:  168.771 mph

Time of Race: 1:53:45.8296

Margin of victory: Under caution

Cautions: 4 for 23 laps

Lead changes: 12 among 4 drivers

Lap Leaders:

Pagenaud, Simon 1 - 36

Dixon, Scott 37

Newgarden, Josef 38

Power, Will 39 - 40

Pagenaud, Simon 41 - 47

Power, Will 48 - 50

Pagenaud, Simon 51 - 70

Power, Will 71 - 77

Dixon, Scott 78 - 105

Pagenaud, Simon 106

Power, Will 107 - 111

Dixon, Scott 112 - 114

Power, Will 115 - 128

IndyCar Series point standings:  

  1. Newgarden 535
  2. Rossi 500
  3. Pagenaud 495
  4. Dixon 483
  5. Power 407
  6. Hunter-Reay 344
  7. Rahal 334
  8. Sato 331
  9. Rosenqvist 304
  10. Bourdais 300

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