Indy 500: Power’s Penske crew win pit stop competition
Will Power’s #12 Team Penske-Chevrolet crew scored three sub-12sec pit stops to win IndyCar’s traditional Carb Day pitstop competitions between 10 of the 33 crews in the 2017 Indianapolis 500.
Power was slow to get away in the second of a best-of-three final against James Hinchcliffe’s Schmidt Peterson Motorsports #5 crew, but was perfect in the other two, as were his crew, racking up a 11.619sec stop in the final attempt.
Along the way, Power and his team also beat SPM’s other fulltime entry, Mikhail Aleshin, and Scott Dixon of Chip Ganassi Racing, and thus earned a $50,000 check from TAG Heuer.
Earlier rounds saw Hinchcliffe’s crew defeat Penske’s Helio Castroneves crew in the quarter finals, and Graham Rahal’s Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing crew. The RLLR #15 team were lucky to get through the quarterfinal, when Ed Carpenter had five seconds added to his crew’s time for having a loose wheel.
Power’s winning crew are Matt Jonsson (outside front), John Piccinotti (inside front), Shaun Rinaman (outside rear), Adam Fournier (inside rear), Blaine Hardy (airjack), Quinton Washington (fueler).
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