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Power masters Milwaukee both on pace, fuel saving for crucial win (VIDEO)

Aug 17, 2014, 5:37 PM EST

WEST ALLIS, Wis. – Will Power used a mix of domination and fuel saving in equal measures to score his third win of the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series season, and his first at Milwaukee.

The polesitter led 229 laps, but still had to run more than 60 laps in his final fuel stint to bring his No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet to the checkered flag in the ABC Supply Co. Wisconsin 250 at Milwaukee IndyFest Presented by the Metro Milwaukee Honda Dealers.

As Power was able to hang on on fuel for the final 62 laps, all under green, he also withstood the advances of Team Penske teammate Juan Pablo Montoya and Montoya’s old CART sparring partner Tony Kanaan, who each gave Power fits throughout the 250-lap race.

Montoya was second with Kanaan third. Scott Dixon was fourth with Josef Newgarden fifth; Ryan Briscoe was sixth.

While Power was able to make his fuel, Newgarden came up snake eyes on a strategic gamble of his own from the Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing crew. Newgarden ran third most of the final stint but needed to pit on Lap 236. He finished fifth after running faster in the final 10 laps and gaining five more positions.

With Simon Pagenaud seventh, Helio Castroneves 11th and Ryan Hunter-Reay failing to finish, this was a big points day for Power.

  1. worknman24hours - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:24 PM

    What can you say but ,of course!

    When I saw just how damn fast Will drove that car in qualifying yesterday ,I knew this guy was the shiznit at this track.

    No disrespect meant to any other driver but this weekend,Will had his driver insanity going at a fever pitch.

    To beat him,you would have to make love to those walls in a way very few drivers would.

    And Then try to get around Will for first place.

    But around tracks like this it’s simply like that.

    Drive the darn car at the wall until you are terrified you may die and then drive it towards it more and then a little more and then turn.

    Congrats Will,you own the day because you took the race by the neck AND KILLED IT.

    HOORAH!

  2. crunge4461 - Aug 17, 2014 at 10:57 PM

    Pretty much a classic Milwaukee race, lots of traffic, hard to pass, and only a couple of cars on the lead lap at the checkers. Good race, and very impressive for Power, indeed. With double points at the 500 milers this year there are still a bunch of points out there, I expect things will be pretty interesting in Fontana.

    To this point, while I dislike the double points in F1, it makes sense in Indy because the double points are being awarded for events that are twice the length or involve double-header race weekends. I really don’t like double points put in place arbitrarily like in F1, because there is nothing special about the race itself, to me double points should imply that there is something extra to the race weekend, whether twin races or a double length event..

  3. testover6370 - Aug 18, 2014 at 7:31 AM

    I read a few articles leading up to this that asked “Does anyone want to win this championship?” owing to all the dramas the leaders have experienced lately. Well, today Power made a strong statement that he does want to win this championship. He and the team put on a nearly flawless race. No penalties, no overly-aggressive driving or defense, just speed,efficiency, and control from flag to flag. I will be shocked if he doesn’t win the championship and with this race he earned it.

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