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

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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.

Zach Veach splits with Andretti Autosport for rest of IndyCar season

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Zach Veach will be leaving his Andretti Autosport ride with three races remaining in the season, choosing to explore options after the decision was made he wouldn’t return for 2021.

In a Wednesday release, Andretti Autosport said a replacement driver for the No. 26 Dallara-Honda would be named in the coming days. The NTT IndyCar Series will race Oct. 2-3 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and then conclude the season Oct. 25 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.

Veach was ranked 11th in the points standings through 11 races of his third season with Andretti. Since a fourth in the June 6 season opener at Texas Motor Speedway, he hadn’t finished higher than 14th.

“The decision was made that I will not be returning in 2021 with Andretti Autosport in the No. 26 Gainbridge car,” Veach said in the Andretti release. “This, along with knowing that limited testing exists for teams due to COVID, have led me to the decision to step out of the car for the remainder of the 2020 IndyCar season. I am doing this to allow the team to have time with other drivers as they prepare for 2021, and so that I can also explore my own 2021 options.

“This is the hardest decision I have ever made, but to me, racing is about family, and it is my belief that you take care of your family. Andretti Autosport is my family and I feel this is what is best to help us all reach the next step. I will forever be grateful to Michael and the team for all of their support over the years. I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for a relationship that started many years ago with Road to Indy. I will also be forever grateful to Dan Towriss for his friendship and for the opportunity he and Gainbridge have given me.

“My love for this sport and the people involved is unmeasurable, and I look forward to continuing to be amongst the racing world and fans in 2021.”

Said team owner Michael Andretti: “We first welcomed Zach to the Andretti team back in his USF2000 days and have enjoyed watching him grow and evolve as a racer, and a person. His decision to allow us to use the last few races to explore our 2021 options shows the measure of his character.

“Zach has always placed team and family first, and we’re very happy to have had him as part of ours for so many years. We wish him the best in whatever 2021 may bring and will always consider him a friend.”

Andretti fields five full-time cars for Veach, Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti and Colton Herta.

It also has fielded James Hinchcliffe in three races this season.