Power wins, Pagenaud crashes, Castroneves lucky


Will Power - Credit: Chris Owens / IndyCar

Will Power secured victory at Pocono Raceway on Monday as title rival and Team Penske team-mate Simon Pagenaud crashed out.

However, the race was marred by a pit lane crash that Helio Castroneves was lucky to emerge unscathed from, as Alexander Rossi’s car flew dangerously across the Penske driver’s cockpit after clashing with Charlie Kimball.

Castroneves was visibly shaken by the incident, which was caused by Rossi being released by his pit crew into the path of Kimball, with the two coming together resulting in Rossi being launched into the air and on top of Castroneves.

Power’s fourth victory of 2016 moved him to within twenty points of long time championship rival Pagenaud, who ended his race after hitting the wall on the outside of turn one on lap 159.

Power himself had only became a contender for the race victory in the second half of the 200-lap event, and took the lead just before the final round of pit stops, and was never headed again despite pressure from behind from Mikhail Aleshin.

Aleshin was able to finish second for Schmidt Peterson Motorsport despite the pole sitter making some errors with the set-up of his car early in the race that saw him drop away from the pace, before recovering to second at the end as he improved the set-up again.

Ryan Hunter-Reay completed the podium for Andretti Autosport after a race full of incident for the American driver. Having started from the back of the grid after failing to set a qualifying time following a practice crash, he carved through the field early on, only to lose a lap when he was forced to drive through pit lane as he suffered from an electrical issue.

Hunter-Reay regained the lap during a caution period, and then charged through the field again over the closing laps, catching and passing Josef Newgarden on the penultimate lap to the delight of both himself and the team.

Newgarden was forced to settle for fourth for Ed Carpenter Racing despite leading laps around the Tricky Triangle, while Sebastien Bourdais ended up fifth for KVSH Racing ahead of Scott Dixon, who also drove a great recovery drive after an early pit stop due to a puncture.

Carlos Munoz took seventh for Andretti Autosport ahead of Juan Pablo Montoya of Penske, while Tony Kanaan and James Hinchcliffe completed the top ten.

As well as the retirements for Pagenaud, Rossi and Castroneves (Kimball was able to return to the track albeit a lap down), there were also retirements for Ed Carpenter (mechanical) and for Takuma Sato, who crashed at turn three on the first green flag lap.

Pocono Raceway Race Result

POSNO.DRIVERNATTEAMTIME
112Will PowerAUSTeam Penske2:46:28.9856
27Mikhail AleshinRUSSchmidt Peterson Motorsports+1.1459
328Ryan Hunter-ReayUSAAndretti Autosport+5.9076
421Josef NewgardenUSAEd Carpenter Racing+7.0750
511Sebastien BourdaisFRAKVSH Racing+7.5285
69Scott DixonNZLChip Ganassi Racing+7.8896
726Carlos MunozCOLAndretti Autosport+11.5938
82Juan Pablo MontoyaCOLTeam Penske+13.4345
910Tony KanaanBRZChip Ganassi Racing+13.7988
105James HinchcliffeCANSchmidt Peterson Motorsports+14.2235
1115Graham RahalUSARahal Letterman Lanigan Racing+14.3471
1227Marco AndrettiUSAAndretti Autosport+16.3334
138Max ChiltonGBRChip Ganassi Racing+17.1907
1441Jack HawksworthGBRAJ Foyt Enterprises+18.5585
1583Charlie KimballUSAChip Ganassi Racing+1 Lap
1688Conor DalyUSADale Coyne Racing+2 Laps
1719Pippa MannGBRDale Coyne Racing+3 Laps
RET22Simon PagenaudFRATeam PenskeRetired
RET3Helio CastronevesBRZTeam PenskeRetired
RET98Alexander RossiUSAAndretti AutosportRetired
RET20Ed CarpenterUSAEd Carpenter RacingRetired
RET14Takuma SatoJAPAJ Foyt EnterprisesRetired