Pole-sitter Will Power fended off Juan Pablo Montoya to win Sunday at the Milwaukee Mile, giving a huge boost to
The 33-year-old Australian added to the slim lead he had in the standings over teammate Helio Castroneves. A Penske driver has finished second each of the previous four seasons and five of the last six.
Power raced to his third victory of the season, and his first on an oval. He has said his top priority is to win a title for Penske.
Montoya, another Penske driver, finished second. Tony Kanaan was third.
Power's victory ended Ryan Hunter-Reay's two-year winning streak at the Mile. Hunter-Reay won the
Hunter-Reay was third in the standings entering the race. His day had started on a high note after signing a three-year extension with
The day belonged to Power, who was in familiar territory after also having led the standings with three races to go in 2012 and 2010. Power crashed in the finale both years.
Once again, Power is in control going into this season's final two races in California— next week at Sonoma and the following week in Fontana.
Plus, he proved doubters wrong who said he couldn't win on ovals.
"Yes! I love winning on ovals! I love winning on ovals!" he yelled on his radio after taking the checkered flag.
Power led by 2 seconds late before Montoya was able to shave about a half-second from the lead around lap 238.
Soon, Power and Montoya were the only two cars on the lead lap, with traffic ahead. It could have provided Montoya with a prime opportunity to get by.
Instead, Power started pulling away again and won by 2.7 seconds.