Power breaks winless drought in second Detroit race

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DETROIT – Will Power has ended a more than one-year winless drought in the Verizon IndyCar Series, taking his No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet to victory in race two of the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit Presented by Quicken Loans weekend.

A pass on Lap 53 of teammate Simon Pagenaud, the polesitter in the No. 22 Hewlett Packard Enterprise Team Penske Chevrolet into Turn 3 for what was fifth place, ultimately proved the winning move as the top four drivers in front of him – Sebastien Bourdais, Charlie Kimball, Graham Rahal and Alexander Rossi – all needed to pit in the next 10 laps for a final stop.

Power last won at the 2015 Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis but extends his streak of winning at least once to a 10th consecutive season, having first won in Champ Car in 2007 before the IndyCar/Champ Car merger in 2008.

Pagenaud, after successive results outside the top 10 at the Indianapolis 500 and first race in Detroit, took a needed second place, albeit only 0.9203 of a second back. For the second straight day he led the most laps, this time 40 of the 70 laps, after leading 35 of the 70 on Saturday.

A battle of Americans took place for third, with Ryan Hunter-Reay edging Josef Newgarden for the final podium position.

Scott Dixon was fifth after a crazy day with two contact incidents with Conor Daly, who started 21st, climbing to sixth and his second top-10 result in as many days. Daly though was admittedly peeved after a penalty assessed to him in qualifying, which knocked him out of a potential third row starting position.

A couple incidents defined the race. The first was a several-car incident on the opening lap, which took James Hinchcliffe and Max Chilton out of the race and put Takuma Sato behind the eight ball with contact.

A further accident occurred on Lap 35 when Juan Pablo Montoya made a rare error and crashed out of the race at Turn 10.

Once a final caution flew for Jack Hawksworth stopped on course at Lap 50, that set the stage for the final run to the finish, with those drivers who pitted just before the yellow in better position than those who didn’t.

Helio Castroneves was among those caught out, and the driver who was leading with less than 20 to go wound up falling back to 14th place as a result.

Pagenaud’s points lead, which was already 59 points coming into the race, is now stretched to 80 over Dixon. Castroneves is third with Americans Newgarden and Alexander Rossi fourth and fifth in points.


Texas starting lineup: Felix Rosenqvist back on pole; Scott Dixon qualifies second


FORT WORTH, Texas — For the second consecutive year, Felix Rosenqvist will lead the NTT IndyCar Series starting lineup to the green flag at Texas Motor Speedway.

The Arrow McLaren driver is hoping the third time will be the charm at the 1.5-mile oval, where he has run extremely well but has only a career-best 12th in five starts.

“We’ve always been good here, but this is a whole different confidence level compared to last year,” Rosenqvist told NBC Sports’ Marty Snider. “Let’s try to wrap it up (Sunday).”

In 2020, Rosenqvist was competing for a podium when he crashed with 10 laps remaining at Texas.

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Last year, he started first on an oval for the first time in his career but finished 21st because of a broken halfshaft.

“It’s definitely one of my favorite tracks, and naturally, I’ve always been OK here,” Rosenqvist said. “It was the first oval that made sense to me. Every year I’m building on that. But looking at the results, they don’t represent the speed I normally have.

“I don’t want to jinx anything, but I hope tomorrow is going to go a bit better and some luck our way would be nice. It’s been feeling super good. Arrow McLaren has been mega every session, so just keep it rolling.”

Arrow McLaren qualified all three of its Chevrolets in the top five, building on a second for Pato O’Ward and fourth for Alexander Rossi in the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

The March 5 season opener was a disappointing start for Rosenqvist who was squeezed into the wall by Scott Dixon on the first lap.

Dixon, a five-time winner at Texas, will start second Sunday, followed by Rossi and Josef Newgarden. O’Ward will start fifth alongside Takuma Sato, who will start on the outside of the third row in his Chip Ganassi Racing debut.

During nearly four hours of practice and qualifying (including a special high-line session), Saturday’s lone incident involved Conor Daly.

The Ed Carpenter Racing driver spun three times but stayed off the wall and in the frontstretch grass. Aside from a front wing change and new tires, there was no damage to his No. 20 Dallara-Chevrolet during the incident midway through the 30-minute session in which drivers were limited to the high line.

“I hadn’t really had a moment before, but it snapped really aggressively,” Daly told NBC Sports after final practice. “Not ideal, but I do know my way around correcting a spin it seems like. I drove NASCAR last weekend and that seemed to help a little bit. I drove in the dirt a lot in USAC Midgets and seemed to be able to save something but not ideal or what we wanted to have happen.”

Daly will start 25th of 28 cars alongside teammate Rinus VeeKay in Row 13. Carpenter qualified 18th.

“Our three of our cars were clearly looking for something. Mechanical grip is for sure what we need. Qualifying we actually expected to be a lot better, but we found an issue there. We’ll see what happens. This race can change a lot. I’m confident in the team to hopefully figure some things out for tomorrow.”

Here’s the IndyCar starting lineup for Sunday’s PPG 375 at Texas Motor Speedway (qualifying position, car number in parentheses, driver, engine and speed):


1. (6) Felix Rosenqvist, Dallara-Chevy, 220.264 mph
2. (9) Scott Dixon, Dallara-Honda, 219.972


3. (7) Alexander Rossi, Dallara-Chevy, 219.960
4. (2) Josef Newgarden, Dallara-Chevy, 219.801


5. (5) Pato O’Ward, Dallara-Chevy, 219.619
6. (11) Takuma Sato, Dallara-Honda, 219.508


7. (10) Alex Palou, Dallara-Honda, 219.480
8. (12) Will Power, Dallara-Chevy, 219.355


9. (18) David Malukas, Dallara-Honda, 219.256
10. (26) Colton Herta, Dallara-Honda, 219.184


11. (28) Romain Grosjean, Dallara-Honda, 219.165
12. (29) Devlin DeFrancesco, Dallara-Honda, 219.146

ROW 7 

13. (55) Benjamin Pedersen, Dallara-Chevy, 219.100
14. (14) Santino Ferrucci, Dallara-Chevy, 218.892


15. (3) Scott McLaughlin, Dallara-Chevy, 218.765
16. (8) Marcus Ericsson, Dallara-Honda, 218.698


17. (77) Callum Ilott, Dallara-Chevy, 218.427
18. (33) Ed Carpenter, Dallara-Chevy, 218.375

ROW 10

19. (78) Agustin Canapino, Dallara-Chevy, 218.367
20. (27) Kyle Kirkwood, Dallara-Honda, 218.227

ROW 11

21. (06) Helio Castroneves, Dallara-Honda, 218.196
22. (60) Simon Pagenaud, Dallara-Honda, 218.103

ROW 12

23. (51) Sting Ray Robb, Dallara-Honda, 217.676
24. (15) Graham Rahal, Dallara-Honda, 217.611

ROW 13

25. (20) Conor Daly, Dallara-Chevy, 217.457
26. (21) Rinus VeeKay, Dallara-Chevy, 216.880

ROW 14

27. (45) Christian Lundgaard, Dallara-Honda, 216.210
28. (30) Jack Harvey, Dallara-Honda, 216.103