The Latest: Will Power takes IndyCar lead

4/7/2018 7:15:16 PM

AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Latest on the IndyCar race Saturday night at ISM Raceway (all times local):

7:02 p.m.

Will Power took the IndyCar lead at ISM Raceway when Sebastien Bourdais slid into a crew member in the pits and had a slow first stop.

Power jumped from fourth to first during the stops to lead the field to green on Lap 50. After leading the first 43 laps, Bourdais had to serve a drive-through penalty for hitting the crew member.

Josef Newgarden was running second, followed by Robert Wickens and Ryan Hunter-Reay.


6:40 p.m.

Sebastien Bourdais and Simon Pagenaud took the green flag on an all-French front row Saturday night at ISM Raceway.

Bourdais is coming off a victory in the IndyCar opener on the streets of St. Petersburg, about nine months after the Dale Coyne Racing driver fractured his pelvis and right hip in a crash during Indianapolis 500 qualifying. The four-time CART season champion has 37 race victories.

Pagenaud won last year in the desert for his first oval victory. Team Penske teammate Will Power started third, followed by Andretti Autosports" Alexander Rossi and Schmidt Peterson"s Canadian duo of James Hinchcliffe and Robert Wickens.

The 250-lap race is the first oval event for the sleek new car designed to improve competition and cut costs.