Power Leads Penske Sweep in Milwaukee Hybrid Test

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Power Leads Penske Sweep in Milwaukee Hybrid Test
Will Power zoomed around the repaved one-mile oval at a speed of 161.681mph

At 43 years old, Will Power, who recently won at Road America, zoomed around the repaved one-mile oval at a speed of 161.681mph.

Just like last Sunday’s race at Road America, where Team Penske swept the podium, Power was followed by his teammates Josef Newgarden and Scott McLaughlin in second and third place.

Newgarden, who has won the Indianapolis 500 twice, finished with a speed of 160.759mph. McLaughlin’s top speed was slightly lower at 160.639mph.

A total of twenty drivers took to the track for the test, completing 3,563 laps. The Milwaukee oval will host a doubleheader event in August and September, marking the penultimate round of the 2024 IndyCar Series season.

All cars were equipped with the new hybrid unit, set to debut officially at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in July.

Colton Herta in the No. 26 Andretti Global Honda came fourth with a speed of 160.137mph, while Pato O’Ward in the No. 5 Arrow McLaren Chevrolet finished fifth at 159.993mph.

The test also marked the return of David Malukas, who will drive the No. 66 Honda for Meyer Shank Racing for the rest of the season after recovering from a wrist injury.

Power Leads Penske Sweep in Milwaukee Hybrid Test
Will Power zoomed around the repaved one-mile oval at a speed of 161.681mph

Malukas finished eighth with a speed of 159.253mph.

There were some issues with the gate outside Turn 1 in the morning, causing a delay in the first hour of running. The afternoon session was delayed by about 35 minutes due to light rain.

Josef Newgarden expressed satisfaction with the day’s testing, praising the hybrid power unit for its seamless operation.

IndyCar President Jay Frye commended Chevrolet and Honda for their performance during the test, signaling excitement for the upcoming hybrid era in the sport.

Chip Ganassi Racing and Juncos Hollinger Racing did not participate in the test due to their drivers’ involvement in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. However, drivers who missed the Milwaukee test will have another opportunity later in the season.

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By Preksha Sharma

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