INDIANAPOLIS: Reigning IndyCar champion Will Power of Australia captured his first win of 2015 in dominant style on Saturday in the Grand Prix of Indianapolis.
Power started from pole position and led 65 of 82 laps, including the final 20, on the 2.439-mile (3.93 Km), 14-turn road course laid out largely in the infield of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s famed oval.
Graham Rahal gained ground on Power with about 12 laps to go, but Power pulled away in the closing laps and beat Rahal to the finish line by 1.5 seconds.
Team Penske driver Power claimed his 25th career IndyCar victory, which moved him into a tie with Gordon Johncock for 15th on the all-time list.
Power had been tied with Bobby Rahal and Ralph DePalma on the list.
It was the second straight race that Rahal has finished in the runner-up spot.
Colombia’s Juan Pablo Montoya, Power’s Penske teammate and the current points leader, finished third, followed by France’s Sebastien Bourdais, American Charlie Kimball and Brazilian Helio Castroneves.
The race featured just one caution period — after a seven-car crash at the first turn of the opening last.
New Zealand’s Scott Dixon, who started second on the grid, spun out after he was hit from behind by Castroneves.
Josef Newgarden, James Hinchcliffe, Justin Wilson and Jack Hawksworth were among those caught in the pileup.
Dixon had to pit for new front and rear wings but bounced back to finish 10th for Chip Ganassi Racing.