Team Penske’s Will Power drove to victory in the Grand Prix of Indianapolis Saturday, giving him his first win of the season and the 25th of his career. Power’s victory also makes him the fourth Chevrolet driver to win a race so far this year, with Honda’s only victory coming in the rain drenched Grand Prix of Louisiana.
Power crossed the finish line in the 82-lap race at the Indy road course 1.5023 seconds ahead of runner up Graham Rahal. In behind Rahal was Power’s fellow Team Penske teammate Juan Pablo Montoya, followed by four-time IndyCar champion Sebastien Bourdais in fourth.
IndyCar added to its so-far impressive three-race track record of having two or less caution flags in a race. A yellow flag was put out on Lap 1 after multiple drivers were involved in a wreck as they entered Turn 1. Helio Castroneves got into the back of Long Beach Grand Prix winner Scott Dixon and collected Jack Hawksworth and Josef Newgarden. The incident sparked some backlash, with drivers calling for penalties to be issued against Castroneves for hitting Dixon.
“By the time you get to the championship, nobody is going to remember a fine you got earlier in the year,” Tony Kanaan told USA Today. “I’m not picking on Helio. I’m picking on the inconsistency in the calls. I was expecting similar action to be taken as it is with other incidents like this one. That’s the way it’s supposed to be.”
IndyCar officials reviewed the race video of the entire race Monday and may announce any post-race infractions later on in the week. While it’s rare for penalties to be handed down to drivers post-race, it’s not entirely out of question.
The Verizon IndyCar Series is staying in Indianapolis for Indy 500 practice on May 11, which will be followed by the 99th Running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 24.