Will Power wins 2015 Grand Prix of Indianapolis

Will Power after winning the 2015 Grand Prix of Indianapolis (WTHR photo)
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.