Will Power recovered from going a lap down and sustaining damage to his car to win Sunday’s ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway, cutting the gap to championship leader Josef Newgarden.

Power was forced to go a lap down early on after sustaining damage to his front wing, only to cycle back onto the lead lap thanks to a full course caution just past half-distance.

Power then clawed his way back up the order through the pit stops before going off-piste with his strategy in the final quarter of the race, the Australian taking the lead for Team Penske at the penultimate stop.

Power came under heavy pressure from teammate Newgarden in the closing stages, the points leader catching fast with Alexander Rossi in tow.

However, Power was able to keep both drivers at bay with some canny defensive work, diving low on the inside line exiting Turn 2 through the closing stages, ensuring he held on and clinched his 32nd career victory.

“What a crazy day for us,” Power said. “We had a really strong car. The Verizon Chevrolet was getting back to the front, and then suddenly, boom, the wing broke. Lucky I didn't hit the wall.

“We went a lap down, and then I was thinking to be smart and anything can happen. You get your lap back and get through the field, and that's exactly what we did.

“So very, very good day. Once I got my lap back, I was like, all right, it's game on. I can definitely get back up there. I was thinking like top five, but when I was pumping out like 217 laps, I'm like, OK, we're going to make some serious hay here.

“The crew guys did a fantastic job in the pits having to do all that and still able to go ahead and win the race.”

Newgarden extended his lead over Scott Dixon to 18 points with second place, but Power’s victory means just 42 points cover the top five drivers with three races remaining.

Simon Pagenaud trailed Newgarden and Rossi in fourth place, while Tony Kanaan wound up fifth ahead of Dixon and Helio Castroneves.

IndyCar returns to Gateway Motorsports Park on Saturday with the third-to-last round of the 2017 season.


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