Will Power wins the 2018 IndyCar Grand Prix

Will Power wins the 2018 IndyCar Grand Prix

He led a race-high 56 laps, including the last 34 after taking advantage of his tire choice to quickly close the gap with race leader Robert Wickens on the front straightaway before making a smooth move to beat the rookie into the first turn on Lap 51.

Penske deemed Power's effort "world class, having to make fuel at the end, staying ahead of Wickens, staying ahead of the best guy in the business, Scott Dixon".

The four-time series champ had a disastrous qualifying to start from the ninth row of the grid but he demonstrated his undoubted ability to wring every last drop from the vehicle as he charged through the field for a confidence-building podium.

"It was an awesome race", Power said.

Scott Dixon stormed through the field to finish in second-place after a poor qualifying session on left the No.9 Ganassi/Honda in 18th place while Wickens in the No.6 Schmidt Peterson entry struggled in the final stages of the race with fuel saving and had to settle for the final spot on the podium.

"Definitely credit to the team - everybody on the PNC Bank vehicle has been working extremely hard", Dixon said. "But then I got to go on reds and he was on blacks and saving fuel and I knew I had to pass him".

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"It's a real honor to drive for Roger and and to be given the equipment week and week out and I can't thank him enough for the opportunity he's given me". Though for Power, this marks the 3rd time that he has won the Indy Grand Prix, all of which he started on the pole in the race. Chevrolet now leads Honda 3-2 in victories in the engine manufacturer's race.

Power took the lead into the first turn but it didn't take long for the caution flag to come out.

It happened with two incidents on the first lap.

Fan favorite and three-time Indy 500 victor Helio Castroneves finished sixth in his return to IMS following a short hiatus.

The first involved two-time race victor Simon Pagenaud and rookie Jordan King going off the course in the first turn. He would probably have four top-fives if not for a late crash at St. Petersburg. The 500 will be run May 27.

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