Will Power Wins 2018 Indianapolis 500

Will Power Wins 2018 Indianapolis 500

In a crash-filled race Sunday that came down to the final laps, Power soared to the front to take his first checkered flag at the iconic event, transforming the usually reserved driver into a ball of emotions.

She created the "Danica Double" as a farewell tour, running one final time in the Daytona 500 and the Indy 500.

"I didn't really want (to be here)", Patrick said. "I had all my people around me, so I was in good spirits".

But that momentum didn't carry through into the race as she was the victim of the second single-car accident within just a handful of laps.

Pole sitter Ed Carpenter finished second, Scott Dixon was third, and 2016 victor Alexander Rossi came from the back of the field to finish fourth. "'I think I am going to win this.' Unbelievable". I was here when he finished P2 in 2015, and in the motorhome afterwards I could see how much that hurt.

"I felt bad when I turned around, and I realized (I hit) her glasses, and she was just covered in milk", Powers said. "I've had so many wins, so many poles".

Liz Power reached for the empty milk bottle, then pointed out to her husband that he'd sprayed milk all over one of the Indy 500 princesses.

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Castroneves, who also competed in the IndyCar race on the IMS road course two weeks ago, has crashed out in only two of his 18 Indy 500 starts.

Before her start on Sunday, Patrick posted a photo to Instagram saying, "This is just a chapter in the book".

I said I was proud of him. It's the 17th title for team owner Roger Penske.

It's always great to be at Indy, but today was a particularly cool day, seeing Will win.

Among other drivers who exited due to mishaps were three-time victor Helio Castroneves (lap 147) and 2013 victor Tony Kanaan (188). It was a good moment. But all three needed enough gas to get to the finish line, and it was Power who was frantically chasing them down.

Castroneves' bid to win a record-tying fourth 500 ended when he spun exiting Turn 4.

Two of last year's top finishers ran into trouble in the early going. His accident was only two laps after defending Indy 500 victor Takuma Sato and another Indy-only driver, James Davison, were involved in a two-car incident.