Consistent Power earns another Indycar podium

Monday 13 May, 2024
Photo: Team Penske
The famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway was the host for a number of Aussies competing in the United States over the weekend, as it gears up for the 108th running of the Indianapolis 500 later this month.
With the NTT IndyCar Series utilising the circuit's Road Course for the Sonsio Grand Prix, Will Power's consistency this season was on show once again as he netted his third runner-up finish for the year.
Starting on the second row, Power was never able to gain the lead at any point of the race, having sat in second or third place for the full 85-lap affair, despite plenty of effort at the pointy end of the field.

Despite finishing in second place by six seconds, Power remains well in contention for his third IndyCar Series title, sitting just 12 points off Sonsio Grand Prix winner, Alex Palou.

Three-time Supercars Champion Scott McLoughlin had a more rollercoaster outing, as he started the race in 13th, led the field for two laps, dropped to the back of the field and charged back up the order to finish sixth overall.

Also at Indianapolis were a number of Aussies in Indycar’s feeder series, including Lochie Hughes, who ended the weekend third on the USF Pro 2000 Championship standings.
Like Power, Hughes was extremely consistent throughout the round and was the only driver outside eventual winner, Nikita Johnson, to earn a podium place in every race.

Finishing third all three races, Hughes showed plenty of pace across the board, fighting hard to earn podium places in both the first and third race, which included making up two places in the opener after starting fifth and wrestling his way up a place in the final outing having started fourth.

In the USF2000 Championship Series, Xavier Kokai and Quinn Armstrong flew the Aussie flag but each driver had a weekend to forget, with neither picking up top 10 finishes.
Kokai had the better return of the two with a P20 and P18, while Quinn was classified 22nd in the opener and 20th in the second race - finishing five laps off the winner.
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