Will Power takes Pocono victory after masterful recovery drive

Will Power takes Pocono victory after masterful recovery drive”

Alexander Rossi was third. His victory moved him into ninth place on the all-time win list, breaking a tie with Dario Franchitti and Paul Tracy. Lucky I didn't hit the wall.

There are three more races left in the season with attention now switching to IL next weekend and Dixon, a traditionally late charger in the championship, has plenty of work to do. We had to add a lot of downforce because we went to the back and went a lap down, so we we had to get better in traffic.but man, what a day! I was on the edge of my seat as it was very nerve-racking. "All I knew is that we had clear air as people peeled off to pit and we could pump out some fast laps".

There were just three cautions with the last one the result of a crash involving James Hinchcliffe and JR Hildebrand.

Upon being cleared to drive only hours before the race Hunter-Reay once again scythed through the order, even leading several laps on his way to P8.

IndyCar standings: Josef Newgarden (USA) 494 pts, Scott Dixon (NZ) 476, Helio Castroneves (Brazil) 472, Simon Pagenaud (France) 468, Will Power (Australia) 452.

While Hunter-Reay steadily moved through the field, catching the lead pack within 80 laps and took lead on lap 103.

Power said that into the final stint his focus was entirely on his teammate. Marco Andretti was in front until he had to pit on Lap 190.

"Went a lap down, and then I was just thinking, 'Be smart, anything can happen".

"Will deserves the win here, he had the auto to beat", Newgarden said. He led 34 laps in the 200-lap race. So it was a great race for us - it's a Team Penske victory, 1-2 for all of us.

The Andretti Autosport driver lost control of his Honda-powered Dallara on the exit of the turn on his warm-up lap, slamming into the wall on the outside before the auto took another hit on the pit wall, with Hunter-Reay complaining of a pain in his hip as the vehicle came to rest.

"Absolutely, absolutely. Absolutely", Power said. Asked if it was feasible to grab the title from his young teammate now that there are three races to go and the last round at Sonoma is a double-points race, Power was adamant. "When you think about the finish to previous year, which was basically three DNFs in a row if you include a non-finish at a double-points race, it's like the worst finish you can have". "I saw [Ryan] Hunter-Reay get his lap back past year and get all the way back to third, and then I was very cautious on those restarts, just picking people off one by one, and just be smart. I hate being second but I also want to win the championship, so I have to be smart about it". "I can't be disappointed - I am disappointed for not winning but I can't be disappointed with what we got from a points standpoint".

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