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DETROIT – 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.