Energy places Penske again on observe with one other Indy victory

Will Energy took the lead early Saturday, then watched it shrink over the ultimate half of the race earlier than holding on to win one other Indianapolis Grand Prix

INDIANAPOLIS — Will Energy took the lead early Saturday, then watched it shrink over the ultimate half of the race earlier than holding on to win this season’s second Indianapolis Grand Prix.

The Australian, who began second, beat Romain Grosjean by 1.1142 seconds for his first win of the season.

Energy earned his fifth win on Indy’s 14-turn, 2.439-mile highway course. He led 56 of 85 laps and earned his thirty eighth profession victory, breaking a tie for fifth all-time with Al Unser.

“Lastly, lastly,” Energy shouted on the radio after crossing the yard of bricks and ending a 13-race victory drought.

For Energy, it was vindication after a rugged weekend at Nashville when he was concerned in a number of collisions, together with one with Crew Penske teammate Scott McLaughlin.

“We wanted it,” Energy mentioned. “I am unable to let you know how good these guys have been this 12 months. They’ve given me an excellent automotive and we have had some dangerous luck, and I’ve made some errors as properly. Oh, what a reduction, man.”

The crossover weekend is simply getting began. Xfinity drivers had been scheduled for a 150-mile race on the identical highway course later Saturday and Cup drivers will qualify Sunday morning earlier than operating on the highway course for the Brickyard 200.

STRATEGY SESSION

After six-time collection champ Scott Dixon spun Chip Ganassi’s No. 9 Honda on his last lap in qualifying, issues did not get any higher Saturday.

He began twenty sixth, within the second-to-last row, and the New Zealander thought he might make up floor on pit technique. It did not work. After being the primary driver onto pit row simply 10 laps into the race, Dixon wound up ending seventeenth in a race that had solely two yellow flags.

POINTS CHASE

Alex Palou seemed like he was going to pad his factors lead when he was operating fourth with 17 laps to go — properly forward of second-place Scott Dixon. Then, immediately, a puff of smoke appeared from the again of the No. 10 Honda and the powerless automotive rolled to a cease.

“It is a disgrace while you’re operating so good,” Palou mentioned.

With the Spaniard ending twenty seventh within the 28-car subject, everyone else made up floor. O’Ward handed Dixon for second, 21 factors behind. Dixon, who began with a 42-point deficit, now trails by 34, and two-time collection champ Josef Newgarden remained fourth, 55 factors behind.

UP NEXT

The collection returns to motion subsequent Saturday in suburban St. Louis — its third straight race weekend since taking a one-month break.

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