Power takes pole, then victory
We’re back home again in Indiana for the second straight IndyCar series event. The last season event was the IndyCar Grand Prix. It took place on May 12 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as a lead-in event to the prestigious Indianapolis 500.
Will Power of Team Penske took the pole. Then he led the final 34 laps to take the checkered flag a little more than two seconds in front of Scott Dixon of Chip Ganassi Racing. The victory was Power’s 33rd of his career and Team Penske’s 200th win.
Racing against the heat
It’s time for the Greatest Spectacle in Racing. The 200-lap race around the premier 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway is upon us. Ed Carpenter took the pole last Sunday, posting an average speed of 229.618 mph.
The first three rows of drivers are as follows:
- Row 1: Ed Carpenter, Simon Pagenaud, Will Power
- Row 2: Josef Newgarden, Sébastien Bourdais, Spencer Pigot
- Row 3: Danica Patrick, Hélio Castroneves, Scott Dixon
Carpenter has never won a race and its his third time in the pole position. Sunday will be his 14th start at the IMS. And although he’s the stepson of Tony George, part of the family that owns the track he’s about to race on, he’s never finished better than fifth. Last year, he started second last season and finished 11th.
And while Power raced well in Indy two weeks ago and also has a second place finish this season from the Grand Prix in Long Beach, he had an early exit from his last oval track race. Then there’s Castroneves, who is looking to pick up his fourth title Indianapolis 500 title.
However, the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 is expected to be hot, like in the low 90s hot. Indiana normally doesn’t see that kind of weather in late May. So drivers spent Carb Day, on Friday, making final tweaks.
Tony Kanaan posted the fastest lap at 227.791 mph. Kanaan, who won the race back in 2013, will start Sunday from the inside of Row 4. Scott Dixon (outside of Row 3) was second at 225.684.
(Un)Lucky No. 13
The race will be Danica Patrick’s last. And if you’re a fan of numbers deemed unlucky, Patrick’s first Indianapolis 500 was in 2005. That’s 13 years ago. So it’s fitting that she chose car No. 13 to close out her career.
How did she do back in 2005? Well then a 23-year-old rooke driver, she led a record 19 laps. Her fourth place finish was the highest ever for a woman.
Castroneves and the checkered
We love a good fairytale ending and Castroneves taking the checkered would be storybook. Castroneves is the only active driver with three Indy 500 wins. When he starts eighth on the grid on Sunday, he’ll be trying to make history. Only three other drivers have won the Indianapolis 500 four times. However, he has finished in the top 10 in 14 of his 17 times racing for the Borg-Warner trophy. And although he ran slower during the “Fast Nine” qualifications, he had the fastest speed on Bump Day, clocking a four-lap average of 228.919 mph.