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06/06 2016

Will Power caps IndyCar doubleheader weekend with win on Belle Isle for Chevrolet, Team Penske by MIKE PRYSON

Will Power caps IndyCar doubleheader weekend with win on Belle Isle for Chevrolet Team Penske

Will Power crosses the finish line on Sunday on Belle Isle to give Chevrolet the IndyCar victory and the weekend sweep.PHOTO BY LAT PHOTOGRAPHIC

TEAMMATE SIMON PAGENAUD FINISHES SECOND, LEAVES DETROIT WITH 80-POINT LEAD

Will Power scored one — make that two — for the home team on Sunday.
Power passed series points leader and Team Penske teammate Simon Pagenaud with 20 laps remaining and went on to win the second half of the Chevrolet Belle Isle Grand Prix Dual in Detroit IndyCar doubleheader on Sunday.
Power’s win gave Chevrolet the weekend sweep and team owner Roger Penske a hometown win. The triumph also snapped a 19-race winless streak for Power and earned him his 26th career victory.
“The guys did a great job in the pits, got me out in front (Ryan Hunter-Reay), then obviously on the restart, I thought, ‘I’ve really got to capitalize here, otherwise, we’re not going to win.’
“It wasn’t a big risk because it was on the outside. Had I tried to go on the inside, it would have been a much bigger risk. I wasn’t willing to take that with Simon because he’s the championship leader. So, if I was going to do it, I had to do it on the outside and cleanly. There was a space and I went for it.”
Race pole-sitter Pagenaud finished runner-up — 0.9203 second back — and extended his points lead over Scott Dixon to 80 points after eight races of the 16-race season. Dixon finished fifth.
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Will Power celebrates his win on Belle Isle on Sunday. His 26th career IndyCar victory ties him with Rodger Ward for 14th place on the all-time wins list.PHOTO BY LAT PHOTOGRAPHIC

“The restarts really made it difficult for us,” Pagenaud said. “Will was really good and aggressive. He made a good pass on us. Will went really deep outside turn three. I didn’t have the confidence on cold tires to do that. There was no point colliding or trying too hard.
“I thought maybe with the long run, I would get back to him, which we did at the end, but it wasn’t enough. Good job to him. It’s good to see him back in victory lane. Again, 1-2 for Roger.”
Hunter-Reay came across the line in third and was the top-finishing Honda.
“We had a very solid car today, one that got better and better the longer the run became,” Hunter-Reay said. “We just didn’t have quite enough for the lead pair; they were really hooked up today. I’m pretty happy, we had a good time out there, I just wish we could’ve finished a step or two higher on the podium.”
Sebastien Bourdais, who won on Saturday, finished eighth. He came away from the doubleheader weekend with 76 points. Conor Daly finished sixth on Sunday and took home 69 points for the weekend — second most in the field to Bourdais.
A total of 17 cars in the 22-car field finished on the lead lap. One of those drivers knocked out early was Juan Pablo Montoya, who finished 20th after hitting the wall after completing just 33 laps. Montoya finished third on Saturday.
Pagenaud led the most last laps (40) on Sunday and the most laps over the two days (75 of 140).
“Simon has had a phenomenal run, when you think about the number of second places, let alone the wins that he’s had,” said Power, who is seventh in the standings, 118 points back. “Very consistent. He’s doing the right thing right now to win a championship, which he’s always right up there knocking on the door. It’s going to be tough, very tough, to get back there.”
First-lap crash on Belle Isle

Spencer Pigot (20) works hard to avoid Max Chilton (8) during a first-lap incident on Sunday. The crash sent Pigot and James Hinchcliffe to the sidelines — neither completed a lap.PHOTO BY LAT PHOTOGRAPHIC