Monday, January 22, 2018
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Will Power takes IndyCar win at Milwaukee Mile

WEST ALLIS, Wis. — With traffic ahead and teammate Juan Montoya closing in, Will Power stepped on the accelerator.

The IndyCar points leader maneuvered through the high-speed gridlock to claim a crucial victory Sunday at the Milwaukee Mile.

Power added breathing room in the standings over second-place Helio Castroneves and boosted Team Penske's hopes for a title with two races to go.

"We're a well-oiled machine right now with all three cars," Power said of the team that also includes Castroneves. "If we have a couple more days like this, of course, it's going to be a great finish."

Power, 33, a three-time series runnerup, extended his lead over Castroneves from four to 39 points, 602-563.

It was the third victory this season and 22nd career for Power, who opened the season by winning in St. Petersburg.

Plus, Power proved doubters wrong who said he couldn't win on ovals. It was Power's third oval victory, following Texas in 2011 and Fontana last year.

"Yes! I love winning on ovals! I love winning on ovals!" he yelled on his radio after the checkered flag.

"This is the first year that I can say to myself that I am … a better all-around driver," the Australian said. "I guess, it just comes with age, you know."

Also, Ryan Hunter-Reay signed a three-year extension with Andretti Autosport to stay in the No. 28 car.

NHRA: Morgan Lucas earned the victory in Top Fuel, while the other two major classes did not finish because of weather delays at the Lucas Oil Nationals in Brainerd, Minn. The Funny Car final, between John Force and Ron Capps, plus the Pro Stock semifinals and final, will be run at the U.S. Nationals, which start Aug. 27 at Indianapolis.

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