Will Power goes wire-to-wire to win the 2nd Indy Harvest GP race


Will Power won the pole, then led every lap of Saturday’s Harvest GP on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and held off hard-charging Colton Herta by 0.839 seconds.

The Australian driver earned his fourth win for Team Penske on the 14-turn, 2.439-mile course. He’s won two of the last four IndyCar races and now has 39 in his career, tying Al Unser for fifth on IndyCar’s all-time list.

“When you talk about the names, it’s amazing. These are people who are legends of the sport,” Power said. “I grew up watching these guys. I never imagined I’d hear my name mentioned with theirs.”

For most of the 75-lap race Power was barely challenged.

WATCH | Power dominates 2nd Harvest GP race:

Australia’s Will Power leads from start to finish Indianapolis Motor Speedway to win Harvest Grand Prix Race 2. 1:13

But once Herta beat his Andretti Autosport teammate, Alexander Rossi, into the first turn late with about 10 laps to go, he got a clean shot at Power and started closing the gap.

Herta closed to within 0.5597 seconds with six to go but never got any closer after Power’s former teammate, Helio Castroneves, let the top two cars go by for the final duel.

Rossi finished third while points leader Scott Dixon struggled again.

After qualifying 15th, Dixon damaged the underwing of his car early in the race and battled a loose car the rest of the way. He finished eighth and defending series champ Josef Newgarden trimmed the lead from 34 to 32 points, setting up a showdown for the championship in the season finale.

WATCH  | Newgarden wins 1st Harvest GP race on Friday:

Two-time IndyCar champion Josef Newgarden took the first race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway to better his chances of back-to-back championships. 1:08

“I made contact a couple of times,” Dixon said. “I tried everything in that race. We were flat out.”

James Hinchcliffe of Oakville, Ont. finished in 13th place Saturday afternoon while fellow Canadian Dalton Kellett of Stoufville, Ont. finished 25th.

Hinchcliffe finished in 14th place in Friday’s race, while Kellett finished 24th.

Racing for a change

Before qualifying began, series officials also announced they were teaming with some corporate partners to help expand the operations of NXG Youth Motorsports, which introduces minority students to motorsports, with more than $500,000 in additional funding. The organization will receive a permanent garage at the speedway, brand new tools from Snap-on, and the money will help create a yearlong curriculum for students.

It’s part of IndyCar’s Race for Equality and Change initiative that was introduced earlier this year.

Mark Miles, president and CEO of Penske Entertainment Corp. which oversees the series, also announced Jimmie McMillian has been named chief diversity officer for IndyCar. He’s been a senior corporate counsel for the speedway and the series since 2016.

Who’s hot

Rossi. Despite a dismal start to the season, Rossi added a third-place finish Saturday to Friday’s runner-up finish. He’s made the podium in each of the last four races.

Who’s not

Dixon. He was hoping to clinch his sixth title in Indy. But he didn’t qualify well in either race, added eighth- and ninth-place finishes to two 10th-place finishes at Mid-Ohio, and has seen his 117-point lead dwindle steadily.

Up next

The championship chase concludes Oct. 25 at St. Petersburg, Florida.

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