Published: Mon, May 28, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Will Power wins the 102nd Indianapolis 500

Will Power wins the 102nd Indianapolis 500

Danica Patrick finished her racing career Sunday with the Indy 500, closing out the second half of what's known as the Danica Double. So Power worked to change his attitude, improve his performance on ovals and respect the track.

Power dominated the field in IndyCar's premier race, earning his first Indianapolis 500 win. And it cost a number of big-name drivers a shot at IndyCar's most prestigious event.

James Hinchcliffe, a championship contender, failed to make the race at all.

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"Please Roger, I've got to go back", he said into a television camera.

"[ECR] said they looked back at the data and there was a little lift in the middle, a little understeer and back to it and [it] just swung". "'I think I am going to win this.' Unbelievable". But all three needed enough gas to get to the finish line, and it was Power who was frantically chasing them down. "When is the anthem?' But I had a lot of my people around me so I was in good spirits". Last year's victor Takuma Sato brought out the first yellow when he drove into the back of a slow James Davison at Turn 4, and that marked the start of a busy couple of hours for the safety crews.

Castroneves was running near the front before his crash. I just can't believe it. Sebastien Bourdais, three-time victor Helio Castroneves and Tony Kanaan also lost control and wrecked. "I am at a lack of words today", she wrote. And those high temperatures, along with the new aero kits used by cars this season, appeared to have a significant impact on the race, limiting passing and making the cars hard to control. It was the third victory in the last four years for Andretti Autosport, which also boasts Alexander Rossi and Ryan Hunter-Reay as drivers. "We got to drink the milk!" referring to the tradition of drinking milk in the race's coveted victory lane. It just didn't come on race day.

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Her day - and her career - might be coming to an end earlier than expected.

It was the same disappointing end for three-time Brickyard champion Castroneves as he once again failed to capture a record-equalling fourth win in what might have also been his last Indy 500. The Homestead crash was Patrick's 10th race-ending incident of the season and her career ends with crashes in six of her final nine races overall.

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