IndyCar ABC Supply 500 Race Review: ‘Clit Stop’ Edition

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IndyCar at Pocono pleasantly lived up to its exquisite oval racing reputation, as one of the most exciting races of the year unfolded Sunday afternoon. Will Power won his second 500 miler in a row at the thrilling triangle, impressively overcoming a lap deficit after his Penske crew were forced to change out a damaged nose. He bested his teammate Josef Newgarden by half a second, while Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi overcame adversity of his own to score a podium finish.

The race featured non-stop jaw dropping action with cars going six and seven wide right from the start. An incredible forty two lead changes took place among ten different drivers, including former winner Scott Dixon who led a quarter of the race. Indy 500 winner Rossi led forty four laps, but encountered a fuel knob issue in the closing stages. Power took the lead when Marco pitted on lap 191 and never relinquished it, swerving low and high to keep the white hot Newkid at bay.

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There were only three cautions all day, the first of which was brought out after Coyne rookie Esteban Gutierrez brushed the wall ending his day. Sebastian Saavedra, filling SPM’s seat vacated by Mikhail Aleshin, lost it in turn 1 for the first real wreck of the race. On lap 125 Canuck James Hinchcliffe and J.R. Hildebrand collided in turn 1, ruining their races and bringing out the final yellow.

One of the many highlights on the day was Hinch’s amazing save after getting up high near the wall. Keeping it off the fence was a major accomplishment, though it would only be wasted in his incident with Hildebrand. Hard luck Ryan Hunter-Reay – who crashed hard in qualifications but was cleared to race – overcame a 21st starting position to lead twelve laps before finishing eighth. A.J. Foyt Racing’s Carlos “OK” Munoz improved eight spots to finish tenth, one of his best results of the season.

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The crowd looked healthy on a sunny day in eastern Pennsylvania and were treated to some spectacular racing. NBCSN’s coverage was adequate, although Paul Tracy made a major gaffe during the broadcast. During late action in the pits PT referred to a “clit stop,” an embarrassing slip of the tongue for the former racer. Perhaps Power finally surpassing him on the all time wins list was responsible for his temporary discombobulation.

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