Will Power notched the biggest victory of his career on Sunday when he won the Indianapolis 500 at the famed “Brickyard” just outside Indianapolis.
Power moved into the lead on lap 196 when the two drivers in front of him pitted and he closed out the race to record his 34th career IndyCar victory.
Power led for 59 of the 200 laps while stomping out his main racing demon.
“I was wondering if I would ever win here,” Power said in a post-race interview on ABC. “Thoughts went through my mind during the month. My career, I’ve had so many wins, I’ve had so many poles but everyone talks about the (Indy) 500.
“I couldn’t imagine winning a race in front of this many people. What an event.”
Pole sitter Ed Carpenter finished second and Scott Dixon was third. Alexander Rossi and Ryan Hunter-Reay rounded out the top five.
Power was trailing Stefan Wilson (who finished 15th) and Jack Harvey (16th) with four laps to go when both Wilson and Harvey had to pit because they were low on fuel.
Power saw the two cars leave the track and was in utter disbelief.
“(Those) two pit and I’m screaming, ‘Man I got this,'” Power said. “‘I think I am going to win this.’ Unbelievable.”
Power was struggling to accept that he was an Indy 500 winner at age 37.
“I can’t describe it,” Power said. “I feel like collapsing. I want to cry.”
The mood was much different for Danica Patrick as her final Indy 500 ended on the 68th lap when she crashed her car in Turn 2.
Patrick lost control as she entered the turn and her green GoDaddy Chevrolet hit the wall and rolled backward toward the infield.
“Today was really disappointing for what we were hoping for and what you want for your last race,” Patrick said during an in-race interview with ABC. “But I’m grateful for all of it. Wish I could have finished stronger.”
Among other drivers who exited due to mishaps were three-time winner Helio Castroneves (lap 147) and 2013 winner Tony Kanaan (188).
–Field Level Media