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.
Red Bull’s Max Verstappen won Formula One’s Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday for his eighth career victory in a race which ended disastrously for both Ferrari drivers.
Verstappen controlled nearly all the race at Interlagos, which saw a dramatic late collision between Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc when they fought for the fourth position. Both failed to finish.
Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly got his first F1 podium after finishing second ahead of six-time F1 champion Lewis Hamilton. The Mercedes driver was third but faces an investigation after an incident that caused Red Bull’s Alexander Albon to spin.
Hamilton, who won at Interlagos in 2018, said Verstappen was “just quicker than us on the straights” and “there was nothing more we could do.”
Dutch driver Verstappen said “Lewis was very quick so I had to keep pushing… we had two good moves with him, and from there onward I could control the race.”
McLaren’s Carlos Sainz was fourth, and could be promoted to third if Hamilton is punished.
The Brazilian GP on Sunday was the penultimate race of the season, with only Abu Dhabi left on Dec.1.
Hamilton had already secured the season title in the previous race in the United States. His Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas, who did not finish the race, had also secured the runner-up spot.