On Sunday, IndyCar visited Long Pond, Pennsylvania for the Pocono 500, and it was a race that felt longer than it actually was – literally. The race clocked in as the third-fastest race in IndyCar history with an average speed of 202.402 miles per hour. It was also the first 500 mile race with an average speed above 200 miles an hour.
The reason the race felt so long? The only caution of the day came on lap 159, when Graham Rahal spun between Turns 2 and 3. Rahal lost control of his car and made a full spin before making light contact with the SAFER barrier between Turns 2 and 3. Rahal was the only car involved in the incident.
This weekend’s race also brought yet another late-race controversy and penalty. The race restarted on lap 171, with Will Power starting in front of teammate Helio Castroneves. Castroneves moved to the inside in the hopes of passing Power. That almost didn’t happen as Power also moved to the inside in what appeared to be an attempt at blocking. Castroneves was able to complete the pass and Power was eventually given a drive through penalty for blocking.
Juan Pablo Montoya was the eventual winner on Sunday, whose last IndyCar win was nearly fourteen years ago. Helio Castroneves, Carlos Munoz, Ryan Briscoe, and Scott Dixon rounded out the top five.