Power’s victory today lifted him to joint fifth in IndyCar’s all-time list, he and Al Unser (Sr.) each having scored 39 wins. This pair are led by AJ Foyt (67), Mario Andretti (52), current points leader Scott Dixon (50) and Michael Andretti (42).
The win does, however, make Power the most successful driver at the Brickyard, having scored one Indy 500 triumph and four wins on the Indy road course.
“It doesn’t compare to the 500,” said Power afterward. “I would take a 500 win any day! Maybe another 500 win for a couple of those road course wins.
“But it’s an amazing place, so much history, so many amazing drivers have come through here, so any time you win anything here, it’s pretty special.
“Now Roger owns it. I’ve had a good relationship with Roger for the 12 years that I’ve been in his team. With how the 500 went for us this year, I was very happy that our team cars won two races this weekend.”
Power described today’s caution-free race as “intense the whole time,” despite leading from pole position to checkered flag, as he had to fend off Andretti Autosport’s Colton Herta and Alexander Rossi, who eventually claimed second and third places respectively.
Said Power: “Obviously we had to save fuel, but we were pushing really hard every lap to pull a gap enough to be covered…