Live Grand Prix blog: Power wins Race No. 2

Bruce Mason
The Detroit News
Simon Pagenaud makes a turn during Saturday's Dual in Detroit I on Belle Isle.

Will Power wins Sunday’s Race No. 2 of the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix of the IndyCar Series, a delightful rebound for Team Penske.

Power, the 2014 series winner, ends a 17-race winless streak, the longest of his career. He edged second-place finisher Simon Pagenaud, another Team Penske driver, and third-place finisher Ryan Hunter-Reay.

Power, known for his road and street course driving success, made a key pass on Pagenaud during a restart with 18 laps to go, and it was on cold tires. 

"It wasn't a big risk, because it was on the outside," Power told ABC. "I went for it."

It's Power's 26th career win and second on Belle Isle. He won in Detroit in 2014 on the opening day.

On Saturday, Power led five laps but had a wheel nut dislodged, resulting in a 20th-place finish. He also drew strong words from teammate Juan Pablo Montoya.

Power had not won since the 2015 Grand Prix of Indianapolis.

Josef Newgarden finished fourth on Sunday, Scott Dixon fifth.

Rookie Conor Daly, who was second in Saturday's Race No. 1, placed sixth.

Power leads with four laps left

Will Power leads with four laps to go. He last pitted on Lap 49.

Power holds a 1.6 second lead on Simon Pagenaud and a 2.9 second lead on Ryan Hunter-Reay.

A key moment occurred on a restart with 18 laps to go, when Power passed by Pagenaud with cold tires.

Sebastien Bourdais made a pit stop on Lap 59 and dropped into 10th place.

Indy 500 champ Alexander Rossi was in first place briefly with 10 laps to go, but had to make a pit stop (his previous pit was Lap 34).

Power had a wheel nut dislodged Saturday, resulting in a 20th-place finish. Power has not won since the 2015 Grand Prix of Indianapolis.

Bourdais in lead as green flag comes out

Sebastien Bourdais is now in the lead as the green flag comes out on Lap 52.

Simon Pagenaud, who was leading for a majority of the race, is now in sixth place. He lost a position to Will Power as the green flag came out.

Indy 500 champ Alexander Rossi is now in fourth place. He is trying to build a gap, because he will likely have to make another pit stop.

Bourdais, who won Saturday, aims for his third straight win on Belle Isle.

Bad break for Castroneves

Simon Pagenaud pitted on Lap 49, his final of the day. He was in a fuel-saving mode.  But Jack Hawksworth crashed which has brought back the yellow caution flag.

It will be an interesting finish as Helio Castroneves leads, although the yellow flag could hurt him. He went 25 laps without a pit stop, and just drove into pit road on Lap 51.

"Come on," Castroneves said as he gave up the track position, according to ABC cameras.

Castroneves has three career wins at Belle Isle, the most all-time.

Castroneves passes Pagenaud

The green flag comes out on Lap 40.

Helio Castroneves made a masterful move to pass leader Simon Pagenaud on Lap 40, a textbook move. Castroneves had the inside line.

Ryan Hunter-Reay is third, Will Power is fourth.

Castroneves finished fifth on Saturday but has not won in 34 races. He is tied with Rick Mears with 29 wins on the all-time list.

Last week, Castroneves was hit in the rear by JR Hildebrand at the Indy 500, which ruined his hopes of winning the prestigious race for a record-tying fourth time.

Montoya crashes, full caution out

Moments after a pit stop, Juan Pablo Montoya crashes on Lap 35 and out comes the full caution flag.

Montoya tried to make a turn on Lap 7 and hit the outside wall. He's out of the race and will finish 20th.

Montoya spun and crashed at last week’s Indy 500, thus ending his hopes of repeating as champion for the first time since Helio Castroneves in 2002.

Montoya led 13 laps Saturday and finished third at Belle Isle. He won the season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg and placed in the top-10 in six of seven races.

It's the second caution of the race. Tony Kanaan is the only driver to pit on this extended caution, thus far. It moved him from second place to 17th.

Leader Simon Pagenaud decided not to make a pit stop.

Kanaan pressures Pagenaud

There's a battle for the lead on Lap 33, as Tony Kanaan is placing significant pressure on leader Simon Pagenaud.

Pagenaud appears to be stretching his fuel and slowing down. Kanaan is closing the gap, now behind by 0.5 seconds.

Castroneves makes first pit stop

Helio Castroneves made his first pit stop on Lap 26, who sits in third place and trails leader Simon Pagenaud by 7.1 seconds.

Castroneves seeks to end a lengthy drought: 34 straight races without a victory. His last win came in 2014 —  and it was at Belle Isle.

Tony Kanaan is now in second place, 3.4 seconds behind Pagenaud. Kanaan made a pit stop on Lap 17 and took off the red tires.

Dixon hit by Montoya

Four-time series champion Scott Dixon (fourth place) was driving hard as his red tires were wearing and Juan Pablo Montoya (fifth place) was on his heels in the standard black tires.

Moments later, Montoya crashed into the back of Dixon. Both had to stop on pit road. (No further action was taken on the slight bump after a review.)

Electrical failure forced Dixon out of Saturday’s race with 14 laps remaining. It caused him to lose a spot in the standings. Dixon tweeted it was a “crazy day,” a bad start and a bunch of problems.

Today, Simon Pagenaud holds a 2.7-second lead and has led all 22 laps, thus far.

Tony Kanaan made a pit stop on Lap 17 and took off the red tires.

Pagenaud in early lead

Now that the chaos has settled from the Lap 1 chain-reaction crash, pole winner Simon Pagenaud is the early leader through 11 laps.

Ryan Hunter-Reay is in second place and trails by 1.1 seconds.

Pagenaud is always a solid bet to win: The Frenchman has three victories (Long Beach, Alabama, Grand Prix of Indianapolis) and four poles.  He’s led 252 laps this year.

Sebastien Bourdais, the winner of Saturday's Race No. 1, took 9.1 seconds to get out of a pit stop on Lap 12 and sits in 15th place.

Graham Rahal had a brake issue in the early stages but it has been fixed. He just changed to red tires on a Lap 12 pit stop.

1st lap crash, Hinchcliffe fuming

Immediately, there's a crash. Not even one lap and the caution flag is out.

James Hinchcliffe slammed into the wall on the first turn, courtesy of being squeezed by Charlie Kimball, who caused a chain-reaction crash.

Kimball squeezed Carlos Munoz, who then squeezed into Hinchcliffe and slammed him into the wall.

Marco Andretti hit Takuma Sato, and Max Chilton was involved in the crash and is out of the race.

Hinchcliffe, who didn't realize Kimball caused the accident, was furious at Carlos Munoz.

"I am so mad, it was so unnecessary," Hinchcliffe said to ABC as he was out of the race. "Carlos is an idiot. It was so stupid.

"As long as he's out there, there will probably be more accidents."

Under way at Belle Isle; Daly in back

The race is under way at Belle Isle.

Rookie Conor Daly had a career-best finish on Saturday of second place, but has to start from the back yet again today (21st position). Daly was penalized during the qualifying run.

"I didn't impede anyone's qualifying," Daly told ABC moments before the race. "Very questionable."

Team Penske seeks rebound

Team Penske hopes to rebound on its home turf as Race No. 2 unfolds in the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix of the IndyCar Series.

Sebastien Bourdais shocked the field during Saturday’s Race No. 1, taking advantage of the caution periods with a witty strategy en route to the title.

Bourdais, who did not lead a single lap in the season’s four previous races, managed to lead 12 Saturday and edged rookie Conor Daly, whose second-place finish was a career-best. 

The spotlight today is upon Team Penske, perhaps still reeling from its Indy 500 showing that featured one top-10 finish (Will Power, 10th) among its high-octane field.

Penske owned the top four spots during Saturday’s Race No. 1 but only produced a third-place finish, Juan Pablo Montoya.  

And there was a little inner-bickering Saturday as Power and Montoya nearly crashed on Belle Isle, drawing strong words from Montoya toward his teammate afterward.  Although that’s nothing new for the Penske teammates, who have a well-documented history of fierce competition.

Helio Castroneves seeks to end a lengthy drought: 34 straight races without a victory. Ouch.

Series points leader Simon Pagenaud won the pole for the second straight day. He will be on the inside of Row 1, and Ryan Hunter-Reay (second on pole) will be on the outside.

How to watch: Pagenaud wins pole 

The Dual in Detroit II IndyCar race on Belle Isle gets started at 3:30 p.m. Sunday with Simon Pagenaud on the pole. Follow the action here with live updates throughout the race by Bruce Mason of The Detroit News.