Will Power of Team Penske salutes the crowd after winning the Grand Prix of Indianapolis at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 9, 2015 in Indianapolis, In. Photo by Ed Locke/UPI | License Photo
Defending IndyCar Series champion Will Power won his first race of the season with a dominating performance in Saturday's Angie's List Grand Prix of Indianapolis.
Power started on the pole and led 65 of 82 laps, including the final 20, on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.
Graham Rahal gained ground on Power with about 12 laps to go, but Power pulled away in the closing laps and beat Rahal to the finish line by 1.5 seconds.
Power, the driver of the No 1 car for Team Penske, claimed his 25th career Indy car victory, which moved him into a tie with Gordon Johncock for 15th on the all-time race winners list. Power had been tied with Bobby Rahal and Ralph DePalma on the list.
It was the second straight race that Rahal has finished in the runner-up spot.
Juan Pablo Montoya, who is Power's teammate and the current points leader, finished third, followed by Sebastien Bourdais, Charlie Kimball and Helio Castroneves.
This race featured only one caution for a seven-car accident in the first turn of the opening lap. Scott Dixon, who started second, spun out after he was hit from behind by Castroneves, causing the pileup. Josef Newgarden, James Hinchcliffe, Justin Wilson and Jack Hawksworth were among those caught up in the wreck.
Dixon had to pit for a new front and rear wing, but the Chip Ganassi Racing driver rebounded from the incident to finish 10th.
Power became the fifth different driver to win in as many races this season. He joined Montoya (St. Petersburg, Florida), Hinchcliffe (NOLA Motorsports Park), Dixon (Long Beach, California) and Newgarden (Barber).