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Power wins at Belle Isle for first victory of season

  • Will Power exits a turn during race two of the IndyCar Detroit Grand Prix auto racing doubleheader on Belle Isle in Detroit, Sunday, June 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

    Will Power exits a turn during race two of the IndyCar Detroit Grand Prix auto racing doubleheader on Belle Isle in Detroit, Sunday, June 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)  (The Associated Press)

  • Takuma Sato (14) and Max Chilton (8) get sideways in turn one on the opening lap during race two of the IndyCar Detroit Grand Prix auto racing double header on Belle Isle in Detroit, Sunday, June 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

    Takuma Sato (14) and Max Chilton (8) get sideways in turn one on the opening lap during race two of the IndyCar Detroit Grand Prix auto racing double header on Belle Isle in Detroit, Sunday, June 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)  (The Associated Press)

  • Sebastien Bourdais exits a turn during race two of the IndyCar Detroit Grand Prix auto racing doubleheader on Belle Isle in Detroit, Sunday, June 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

    Sebastien Bourdais exits a turn during race two of the IndyCar Detroit Grand Prix auto racing doubleheader on Belle Isle in Detroit, Sunday, June 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)  (The Associated Press)

Will Power raced to his first IndyCar victory of the season, overcoming a costly penalty in qualifying Sunday and holding off points leader Simon Pagenaud by 0.92 seconds at Belle Isle.

Power would have set a track record in qualifying earlier in the day, but the Australian was penalized for interference and had his top two laps taken away. Pagenaud won the pole while Power started eighth, but Power prevailed in the end for his 26th career victory and first since the Grand Prix of Indianapolis in May 2015.

With about 18 laps remaining, Power passed Pagenaud to take over fifth place — and the top four drivers still had to pit again. Power took over the lead on the 61st of 70 laps on the 2.35-mile street course.