IndyCar: Will Power wins on Monday at Pocono
Will Power, driver of the #12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet IndyCar V6, celebrates his victory Monday, August 22, 2016, after winning the Verizon IndyCar Series race at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. The victory puts Power in second place in the driver’s standings, trailing Team Penske Chevrolet teammate Simon Pagenaud by 20 points (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing).
LONG POND, Pa. – With the end of the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season on the horizon, championship leader Simon Pagenaud entered the ABC Supply 500 looking to maintain his 58-point lead, but when the Frenchman suffered his first major blow of the season, teammate and championship rival Will Power capitalized by earning his fourth win of 2016 and slashing his deficit some 38 points in what could be a season-altering race.
Power won today’s 500-mile race at Pocono Raceway by 1.1459 seconds over pole sitter Mikhail Aleshin, while Pagenaud crashed out in 18th place to heat up the championship battle with three races yet to be completed. Ryan Hunter-Reay, last year’s Pocono winner, charged from the last starting position to finish third.
The 22-car field had to wait an extra day as Sunday rain showers forced the race’s postponement to today, but the field put on a thrilling show that featured nine different leaders, 31 lead changes and 442 passes on track.