INDIANAPOLIS — This used to be the win Will Energy’s been looking ahead to. After greater than 30 IndyCar victories, greater than 40 poles and an IndyCar championship, there used to be just one factor Energy had but to perform in his extra special IndyCar occupation. 

He changed that Sunday. 

Power won the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500, giving his boss, Roger Penske, his 17th 500 victory. 

Power took the lead with five laps remaining when race leaders Stefan Wilson and Jack Harvey were forced to pit because of low fuel.

“I just can’t believe it,” an elated Power said after climbing out of his car. “I got to thank Roger Penske, Verizon, and my parents for allowing me to get to this point. I can’t describe it. I feel like collapsing. I want to cry. I couldn’t stop screaming.

“I always wondered if I was going to win it, and thoughts went through my mind, in my career. I’ve had so many wins, and so many poles, but everybody always talked about the 500. I just couldn’t imagine winning a race in front of a crowd like this. It’s just amazing. What an event. I love it.” 

Forward of the Sunday’s “Largest Spectacle in Racing” all concerned promised a race of attrition, and that’s the reason precisely what the masses of hundreds of fanatics at IMS noticed. Seven crashes peppered the race, together with the ones gathering common drivers Helio Castroneves, Danica Patrick, Tony Kanaan and ultimate yr’s winner Takuma Sato. 

Of the 33 vehicles that began the race, simplest 24 completed at the lead lap. The 102nd operating of the Indy 500 used to be about survival of the fittest, and on Sunday with temperatures within the 90s, Energy used to be the fittest. 

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See you within the winner’s circle: For Energy, the win used to be a great exclamation mark on a just about easiest month of Might. Energy ruled the week of follow forward of the IndyCar Grand Prix, received the pole and received the race. Then, after appearing off a rocket send of a race automobile all the way through Indy 500 follow, he put his automobile at the entrance row ahead of successful Sunday’s race. 

Although there’s technically no podium on the Indy 500, Ed Chippie joined Energy within the height 3. The pole-sitter and ultimate closing crew proprietor/motive force completed runner-up, simply the most efficient 500 efficiency of his occupation.

Rounding out the highest 3 used to be Scott Dixon. The Ice Guy returned to Indy after a horrific crash in ultimate yr’s race that might have saved much less brave males from coming again. However come again he did, and he picked his fourth top-Three end of his Indy occupation. 

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You will have to take into account this: Love Danica Patrick or now not, it used to be a disgrace her trailblazing racing occupation got here to an result in a Lap 68 crash into the Flip 2 wall.

Now not simplest did she possess a automobile able to one thing particular, however she used to be speedy all month. Although she joked returning to IndyCar after six years away wasn’t like using a motorcycle in any respect, she made it glance it beautiful simple after incomes a place on Row Three all the way through qualifying. Sadly for Patrick and her fanatics, there gave the look of little she may do as her automobile wobbled, then spun into the Flip 2 wall.

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Whilst it used to be suitable for Patrick’s occupation to return to an finish on the position the place her superstar used to be born, the 30th-place end used to be now not befitting of her lengthy historical past of good fortune at IMS. Sunday used to be simply the second one time in 8 tries Patrick didn’t end within the height 10.

Given her polarizing standing throughout the global of motor sports activities, her ultimate line all the way through her post-race information convention appeared suitable: “Thanks for the entirety. I’m going to omit you. … As a rule. Possibly you can omit me.”

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Pressure every other day: Let’s hope Chip Ganassi Racing sophomore Ed Jones is OK after being taken to IU Methodist Well being following a Lap 58 crash in Flip 2. IndyCar reported that ahead of he used to be transported to the health facility, he used to be complaining of a headache and neck ache. 

Jones like Patrick and later Castroneves, misplaced regulate of his automobile ahead of slamming into the observe SAFER barrier. 

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Quote of the day: He did not wait lengthy to begin petitioning for every other shot at No. four. Only a little while after crashing on Lap 146, Helio Castroneves walked again via pit lane — the place the gang showered him with a raucous ovation — and despatched a message during the TV broadcast to his boss and crew proprietor: “Please, Roger (Penske). I need to come again.” 

The 3-time Indianapolis 500 winner grew to become sports activities automobile motive force returned to Penske’s IndyCar solid for the month of Might. He completed 6th on the IndyCar Grand Prix ahead of completing 27th Sunday. In spite of his time clear of the collection and the crash Sunday, Castroneves proved all month that he nonetheless has the rate it takes to win at Indy. Now it is as much as Penske to peer if he will get every other crack at No. four. 

Championship replace: With the win on this double issues race, Energy surges to the highest of the championship standings with 274 issues. Josef Newgarden’s eighth-place end gave him 263 issues, sufficient for a relaxed grasp on 2nd position heading into the Detroit doubleheader. Dixon’s third-place end and Alexander Rossi’s fourth-place end put them in a two-way tie for third-place with 243 issues. 

Ayello writes for The Indianapolis Celebrity, a part of the US TODAY Community.

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