Will Power’s seventh career victory was no doubt his biggest, as the Aussie took the checkered flag at the 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil and led Chevrolet to a dominant 1-2 finish.
The 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series champion beat out pole-sitter and hometown hero Ed Carpenter by 3.1589 seconds, with the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske IndyCar Chevrolet V6 leading a total 59 laps on the afternoon. The victory makes Power the first Australian driver to ever win the legendary Indy 500 and the 10th time that Chevrolet has stood tall in Victory Lane.
“Will Power showed speed all month and today he delivered a huge win for his team, Roger Penske and Chevrolet,” said Jim Campbell, U.S. vice president of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. “Will and his crew never gave up all race. They kept making the right adjustments on the car at the right time, and Will simply drove a great race.”
Carpenter came in second after grabbing the pole and leading for 65 laps in the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet. Rather than feel disappointed by coming up short of victory, Carpenter said that it felt good to earn his best finish at the Indy 500 and first top-10 finish at the race since 2013.
“Ed Carpenter was also fast during the month of May, clinching the pole, leading many laps today, and finishing runner-up, capping a 1-2 finish for Chevrolet,” added Campbell. “The Speedway was packed today, the atmosphere was electric, and it was a thrilling race to the end.”
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