Will Power wins 2015 Grand Prix of Indianapolis

Will Power after winning the 2015 Grand Prix of Indianapolis (WTHR photo)
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Will Power, the reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion, won the Grand Prix of Indianapolis Saturday.

Driving the No. 1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, Power steamed to victory in the 82-lap Angie's List Grand Prix of Indianapolis by 1.5023 seconds over Graham Rahal on the 2.439-mile, 14-turn Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course. Power's 25th career victory broke a tie with Bobby Rahal and Ralph DePalma for 16th on the all-time Indy car list and tied Gordon Johncock for 15th.

Power is the fifth different winner in as many road/street course races this season. Rahal, carrying the Honda banner, was runner-up for the second consecutive race.

Team Penske's Juan Pablo Montoya finished third, his third podium finish of the season, and stretched his championship points lead. Four-time Champ Car champion Sebastien Bourdais finished a season-high fourth (he's been in the top 10 in every race) in the No. 11 Team Mistic E-Cigs-KVSH Racing Chevrolet, and Charlie Kimball advanced ninth positions from his starting position to finish a season-high fifth in the No. 83 Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet.

For the third consecutive race, there were two or less caution flags. A full-course caution was called by Race Control on Lap 1 as multiple cars were involved in an incident entering Turn 1. It ruined the chances for victory for front-row starter Scott Dixon and Helio Castroneves, who qualified third in his 300th Indy car start. Following two caution laps, it was a spirited contest among the 25 entries.

Teams will be back at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 11 for practice on the 2.5-mile oval in preparation for the 99th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race. Qualifications are May 16-17 and the 200-lap race is May 24.