LEXINGTON -- Veteran Will Power started from the pole and took the checkered flag Saturday to win the first race of a weekend IndyCar doubleheader at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
Power won the Honda Indy 200 race, followed by Josef Newgarden and Alexander Rossi. Newgarden had qualified third and Rossi sixth earlier Saturday.
It was the 39-year-old Australian's first career win at Mid-Ohio.
The Team Penske driver earned his 60th career IndyCar pole earlier on Saturday with a lap of 1 minutes and 6.3 seconds in his Dallara-Chevrolet and then improved his standing as IndyCar's all-time winningest driver on road courses with 29 victories.
Power then earned his first victory since just over a year ago at Portland. He was also winless in 11 prior starts at Mid-Ohio.
Power led nearly every lap, finishing 7.4 seconds ahead of his Penske teammate, Newgarden.
“We’ve had a pretty trying year, obviously everyone has, circumstances very tough with COVID, but the fact we’re out here racing and have some fans is fantastic,” Power told NBCSN reporter Kelli Stavast after his 48th career victory. “That’s what we love to do. Love to entertain. We love to drive.
“That’s probably the first race in 10 years that I’ve just gone hard. I just said, ‘Screw this, let’s just go hard and use my raw pace and see what happens.’ We won the race, it was a great strategy. … It’s great to tick off Mid-Ohio," Power said.
The event, originally scheduled for early-August, was postponed because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The weekend features a pair of 75-lap races at the 2.258-mile, 13-turn road course.
The race on Sunday goes green at 1 p.m. Attendance is limited to 6,000 spectators.