DETROIT — Will Power was fast enough for a track record during qualifying, though it didn't count because of a penalty. It was another tough break for a driver who hadn't won in more than a year, but it was also a sign that Power was still a threat.
Hours after that qualifying mishap Sunday, Power earned his first IndyCar victory this season, holding off points leader Simon Pagenaud by 0.92 seconds in Dual in Detroit Race 2 at Belle Isle on Sunday. It was the 26th victory of Power's career and the first since the Grand Prix of Indianapolis in May 2015.
"It just gives the whole crew some confidence," he said. "I think we've all kind of been stumbling a little bit, the whole group of us. It's been a tough start to the year."
Power's run in qualifying was wiped out when he was penalized for interference. He started eighth while Team Penske teammate Pagenaud sat on the pole.
On Lap 53 of 70, shortly after a restart, Power passed Pagenaud for fifth, which was the race's biggest move because the top four at the time still had to pit for fuel.
"I tell you, he made a great pass and he was very aggressive on the restart," Pagenaud said.
St. Petersburg resident Sebastien Bourdais, who won Saturday's race, finished eighth.
NHRA: The New England Nationals in Epping, N.H., were rained out and rescheduled for today (3 p.m., FS1).