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Will Power has recorded his first IndyCar Series win in over a year to break a run of poor results and ignite his season.

The Team Penske Chevrolet driver looked to bounce back from a disappointing 20th in the opening of the dual in Detroit caused by a loose wheel, but his task was made much trickier when he saw his top two qualifying times eliminated due to an infringement which meant he started the second race from eighth.

After a well-timed yellow caution saw Power jump up the field along with Simon Pagenaud and Ryan Hunter-Reay having pitted a lap earlier, it essentially set up a battle for the lead between Pagenaud and Power in fifth and sixth with the front four ahead still needing to pit again.

Despite Pagenaud's best efforts Power snuck past in the final third of the race and once those ahead pitted he hit his lines had claimed victory by almost one second from his Team Penske team-mate, with Hunter-Reay completing the rostrum.

It marked the 2014 IndyCar champion's first win in the series since the Grand Prix of Indianapolis in May 2015 and tied him 14th on the all-time wins list.

Even though he was frustrated to miss out on victory, Pagenaud's runner-up spot saw him extend his points lead over Scott Dixon to 80 after he finished fifth behind Josef Newgarden.

Conor Daly claimed sixth ahead of Tony Kanaan with Sebastien Bourdais, Marco Andretti and Takuma Sato completing the top ten.

Surprise Indy 500 winner Alexander Rossi was unable to maintain his winning momentum and eventually finished 12th behind Graham Rahal, just ahead of Gabby Chaves.

 

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