Road America: First victory in two years for Will Power!

Will Power (Penske) won his 42nd IndyCar victory by winning the Road America Grand Prix, ahead of his two teammates, Josef Newgarden and Scott McLaughlin.

Published on 09/06/2024 à 23:37

Michael Duforest

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Road America: First victory in two years for Will Power!

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Power won by moving up from fifth position and mastering the strategy. The double champion IndyCar (2014 and 2022) indeed stopped two laps later than McLaughlin and one lap after Newgarden, to take the lead of the race during the last stint. The number 12 had to defend once against the double winner of the Indy 500, but once this assault was repelled, the native of Toowoomba widened the gap, until winning with three seconds in advance. This is the first time since the Detroit event in 2022 that Power has won. The latter strikes a double blow, taking the lead in the championship.

The three Team Penske cars moved to the front after the first stint. The start of the race was marked by multiple neutralizations, including one at the first turn, involving Newgarden. The American hit Colton Herta (Andretti), who was avoiding contact between Chip Ganassi Racing teammates Linus Lundqvist and Marcus Armstrong. The young Swede had taken his first pole position and immediately lost the benefit after contact with his New Zealand teammate. Herta managed a good comeback, to finish in sixth place, behind his teammate Kyle Kirkwood, and the reigning champion Alex Palou (Ganassi).

Tires, a determining factor

The tires were the big story of the weekend. From the first free practice session on Friday, Graham Rahal (Rahal Letterman Lanigan) alerted his team regarding worrying wear on the soft tires. The American even indicated that he considered it almost impossible to complete a flying lap. If the situation was not as serious, it played a role, the Penske managing to manage their soft tires much better than the competition. Scott Dixon (Ganassi), who had finished at the top of the championship, had a disastrous stint on these tires, having to stop after only five laps, due to a very serious blistering at the left rear. The six-time champion thus finished 21st…

After a very complicated weekend on and off the track for Juncos Hollinger Racing, Romain Grosjean bounced back in a very good way, with a seventh place finish. The Frenchman was aggressive but clean against several of his opponents, managing to achieve his best result in the structure of Ricardo Juncos and Brad Hollinger. Theo Pourchaire (Arrow McLaren) moved up to 13th position after starting 18th. If the Frenchman seemed to have difficulty at the start of the relay, not helped by recurring undercuts, he took advantage of his strategy aimed at starting on soft tires to come back and finish behind pole sitter Lundqvist.

For the first time since the beginning of May, IndyCar will have a week without a race, but several of the drivers entered today are flying directly to Le Mans, to take part in the 92nd edition of the 24 Hours!

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