Event Coverage: 2017 Indianapolis 500 Presented by PennGrade Oil, Part 2


Behind Servia and Davison’s spinning cars, Will Power hit the brakes, trying to slow enough to avoid the wreck.  Braking hard at Indy is not advised as the cold brakes rarely stop evenly (remember, Indy is a full throttle track so the brakes are only ever used heading into the pits).  The cold brakes sent Power into a spin.
Power spun and speared the side of James Hinchcliffe, taking them both out.  The two skidded into the outside wall to join up with the wrecked cars of Servia and Davison.
Josef Newgarden also hit the brakes and started to fishtail, sliding into the inside wall of the short chute, hitting the grass, and skidding back onto the track and bouncing off of Hinchcliffe’s car.  Unlike the others, Newgarden was able to drive away.  However once in the pits, his Penske crew deemed his car terminally damaged and he too would exit the race early.
The mess was quickly cleared in five laps and the race went green again on Lap 189.  Chilton lead the field down for the 11 lap sprint, followed closely by Sato, Jones, Castroneves, and Hildebrand. Hildebrand would be removed from the mix when IndyCar caught him passing before the restart and assessed a drive through penalty.
Sato’s car had been on rails all day and the restart had him smelling blood in the water.  He darted left and right looking for an opening, finally settling on an outside move into Turn 1.  Chilton held his line and retained his lead.  Sato dropped back into second.

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