The victory capped a ideal month of May for the man from Toowoomba as Power tuned up for the Indy 500 by notching up his 33rd career win with a victory in the Indianapolis Grand Prix run on the Speedway's road circuit.
"Today was really disappointing for what he were hoping for. When is the anthem?' But I had a lot of my people around me so I was in good spirits". She later said crashing was hardly the way she wanted to finish her racing career, but she's "grateful for all of it".
Starting on the outside of row one alongside Carpenter and team mate Simon Pagenaud, Power steered well clear of trouble through seven cautions and then pounced when he had his chance in the final laps.
"I was wondering if I would ever win it and thoughts when through my mind during the month, my career", he said.
TV cameras were panning to Power's wife, Elizabeth, during the race, and she was clearly a nervous wreck. Throughout her career, Patrick made eight appearances in the Indianapolis 500 and finished in the top 10 during six of those.More news: Abortion referendum decision 'tragedy of historic proportions'
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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.
"This is just a chapter in the book", Patrick wrote on Instagram. "I can't describe it", Power said. "It's just wonderful." Power extended team owner Roger Penske's record of 17 wins in the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing", and it completed a sweep of May in Indianapolis for him. "We'll certainly take a good luck at that for sure", Penske said.
Kanaan's crash with 12 laps remaining set up a final restart with Oriol Servia out front.
Power hits the finish line for victory. ("Please Roger, can I come back", he pleaded with team owner Penske in his television interview.) Fellow Brazilian Tony Kanaan, another former victor who had the lead early in the afternoon, later lost control in turn two and also exited the race.
Two of last year's top finishers ran into trouble in the early going. Defending race victor Takuma Sato crashed out just shy of the race's one-quarter mark after tangling with the much slower machine of James Davison.