Jim Ayello, USA TODAY Network
Published 3:29 p. ET May 27, 2018 | Updated 16:50 ET 27 May 2018
Power won the 102nd edition of the Indianapolis 500 and gave his boss Roger Penske his 17,500 victory.
Power took the lead with five laps of lead when race leaders Stefan Wilson and Jack Harvey had to pit because of too little gasoline
"I just can not believe it," said an enthusiastic power after he got out of the car. "I have to thank Roger Penske, Verizon, and my parents for allowing me to get to this point, I can not describe it, I feel like I'm breaking down, I want to cry, I could not stop screaming."
I've always wondered if I would win it, and in my career, thoughts went through my head. I've had so many victories and so many poles, but everyone has always talked about the 500. I just could not imagine winning a race with so many. It's just breathtaking. What an event. I love it. "
In the run-up to Sunday's "Biggest Spectacle," everyone involved promised a grueling race, and that's exactly what hundreds of thousands of fans saw at IMS: seven crashes, including popular riders Helio Castroneves, Danica Patrick, and Tony Kanaan and last year's winner Takuma Sato.
Of the 33 cars that started the race, only 24 finished in the lead lap.The Indy 500's 102nd race was about the survival of the strongest, and on Sunday with temperatures in the 90s, power was on best.
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See you in the circle of winners: For Power, winning was a perfect exclamation point on an almost perfect month of May. The power dominated the training week before the IndyCar Grand Prix, winning the pole and winning the race. Then, after demonstrating a rocket ship during a Indy 500 training session, he put his car in the front row before winning the race on Sunday.
Although there is no podium at the Indy 500, Ed Carpenter Power came in the top three. The pole sitter and last remaining team owner / driver finished second, easily the best 500 performance of his career.
Rounding out the top three was Scott Dixon. The Ice Man returned to Indy after a terrible fall last year that would have prevented less courageous men from coming back. But he came back and chose his fourth top 3 finish of his Indy career.
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