Pole sitter Will Power/No.1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet won the Verizon IndyCar Series Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This was his twenty-fifth victory.
Graham Rahal/No.15 Steak n’ Shake Honda ran second, finishing 1.5023 seconds behind. During Pit Stop recycles, Rahal led and remained up in front, after starting seventeenth. This is his second straight runner-up finish.
Third through fifth: Juan Pablo Montoya/No.2 Verizon Team Penske Racing Chevrolet, Sebastien Bourdais/No.11 Mistic E-Cigs KVSH Racing Chevrolet, and Charlie Kimball/No.83 Nova Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet.
Stefano Coletti/No.4 KV Racing Technology Chevrolet was the top Rookie, finishing eighth.
Power led 65 of the 82 laps. For much of the race, Rahal ran on his tail, leading nine laps.
This is the fifth INDYCAR winner in five races.
There were 11 lead changes among six leaders. INDYCAR Timing & Scoring reported 192 passes.
The race had only one two-lap caution for the rush-hour pile up in Turn One on the first lap. The drivers involved were: Helio Castroneves/No.3 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, Scott Dixon/No.9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet, Jack Hawksworth/No.41 ABC Supply AJ Foyt Racing Honda, James Hinchcliffe/No.5 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda, Josef Newgarden/No.21 Hartman Oil CFH Racing Chevrolet, Justin Wilson/No.25 Andretti Autosport Honda and Kimball.
The race remained dry, despite dire forecasts to the contrary.
Last year’s winner, Simon Pagenaud/No.22 DeVilbiss Penske Racing Chevrolet retired mechanical, after a long pit stop on his Lap 57. Justin Wilson/No.25 Andretti Autosport Honda also retired mechanical late in the race. He had qualified fastest of the four Andretti cars.
Montoya retains points lead, five points ahead of Castroneves. Power is now third. Rahal jumped from eighth to fifth in the standings.
Rain or not to rain. A hit and run thundershower skirted parts of the Brickyard during Driver Introductions. The Turn 12 marshals had to take cover under the grandstand, but in Pit Lane the drops barely hit the pavement. The sun came back out and there was a mad scramble for the teams to change from treaded to slick tires.
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