The victory capped a flawless month of May for the man from Toowoomba as Power tuned up for the Indy 500 by notching up his 33rd career win with a victory in the Indianapolis Grand Prix run on the Speedway's road circuit.
"Today was really disappointing for what he were hoping for", she said. I had a lot of good fortune here and did still have some this month.
Patrick's career stretches back to 2005 when she first raced for IndyCar.
"Unbelievable to be the first Australian to win the 500; maybe they will recognize me down there now", smiled Power. They just didn't come on race day.
"(Those) two pit and I'm screaming, 'Man I got this, '" Power said. Power led for 59 of the 200 laps while stomping out his main racing demon.
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I speak to him regularly; I can't share all of the details of our chats but how much this race has meant to him and how much it's annoyed him that he hasn't been able to win this one...
"I didn't feel like it was too hot", veteran Scott Dixon said. He won the road-course event at Indy earlier this month.
Drivers compensated by hydrating heavily before the race so they could complete a race that lasted more than three hours.
Will Power won the 102nd running of the race. She had one pole - the Daytona 500 in 2013 - becoming the first woman to earn a pole award in NASCAR history. She said that her team wasn't sure what caused the crash, but the data showed "a little lift in the middle, a little understeer, then back to it and it just swung". Patrick wrecked on the 68th lap. ("Please Roger, can I come back", he pleaded with team owner Penske in his television interview.) Fellow Brazilian Tony Kanaan, another former victor who had the lead early in the afternoon, later lost control in turn two and also exited the race.
She was in very good spirits early in the race, when she started on the inside of Row 3 and was running near the top 10. Kanaan's crash with 12 laps remaining set up a final restart with Oriol Servia out front. His accident was only two laps after defending Indy 500 victor Takuma Sato and another Indy-only driver, James Davison, were involved in a two-car incident.
"I honestly was beginning to believe I was never going to win this race", he admitted amid the victory lane celebration.