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Aug 21

Power recovers to repeat as ABC Supply 500 winner

Will Power kept telling himself to not give up. They wound up being winning words.

Will PowerPower overcame numerous obstacles to get to the front today in the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway, then held off charging Team Penske teammate Josef Newgarden to win the Verizon IndyCar Series race for a second straight year.

Power defeated Newgarden by 0.5268 of a second to become the first Indy car driver to post back-to-back wins on the three-turn, 2.5-mile oval in the event’s 24-race history. It was also Power’s third triumph this season and the 32nd of his 13-year career, moving the 36-year-old Australian into sole possession of ninth place on the all-time Indy car victory list ahead of Dario Franchitti and Paul Tracy.

“It seriously means a lot. I love racing on ovals,” said Power, whose win today is his sixth on an oval track. “Every oval win I get, I really, really enjoy because we don’t have many of them.

ABC SUPPLY 500: Box score

The complete article here on Indycar.com

source: Indycar.com

Podium finish for Rossi in Pocono

Podium finish for Rossi in Pocono

Alexander Rossi led 44 laps and took home the third position at Pocono Raceway this Sunday. Starting from P6 in the ABC Supply 500, Rossi advanced quickly and was battling for the lead from the get go. The thrilling race featured 42 lead changes among 10 drivers – a Pocono race record.

“A lot went right for us today,” said Rossi. “I think the Military-to-Motorsports car was strong and got right to the front from the beginning. It was our race to control from a fuel standpoint, and our NAPA Know How crew did a good job in the pits all day.”

“The difficult thing was, our fuel trim knob came off two-thirds of the way through,” continued Rossi. “So, we were stuck in the mix and it certainly wasn’t optimum. It made restarts challenging, and also definitely at the end when the two guys in front of me were pushing quite hard and I didn’t have full power.”

Team Penske finished 1-2, with Will Power claiming the victory and Josef Newgarden runner-up. Power, last year’s winner at Pocono Raceway, battled back from front and rear wing issues during the race. Newgarden and Rossi chased down Power, making for a thrilling last 10 laps, but couldn’t get past him in the end.

“I was trying,” said Rossi. “But Josef didn’t have the speed for Will, and I didn’t really have the speed for Josef. I thought we were pretty strong in turn 3 at times, but I didn’t have enough to really pull alongside, and I think that was truly down to the (fuel) mixture problem.”

“Being a little disappointed with our second podium in three races shows where the expectations are for the 98 team,” said Rob Edwards, Strategist for No. 98 and Chief Operating Officer for Andretti Autosport. “Great drive from Alex and great work from the crew. Gateway here we come.”

“It’s a really good result, but when you come so close to a win, it’s sometimes difficult to swallow,” said Rossi. “Looking back to where we were at Pocono last year, when we had a strong car and didn’t finish, to come back to be on the podium is a testament to Andretti Autosport and the entire team and the work that they’ve done all year.”

Rossi’s Andretti Autosport teammate Ryan Hunter-Reay sustained left hip and knee injuries in a qualifying crash Saturday, but charged from the 21st starting position to lead 12 laps before finishing eighth.

The Verizon IndyCar Series is in the middle of back-to-back-back race weekends, and travels to Gateway Motorsports Park for a night race on Saturday, Aug. 26. Rossi is still eighth in the Championship.

source: alexanderrossi.com

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