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Will Power scored his first IndyCar victory of 2020 Saturday afternoon, winning in commanding fashion at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

Power started the race from the pole position and lead nearly every lap in round one of IndyCar’s doubleheader at the 13-turn road course. The victory was Power’s 38th in IndyCar competition, and his first at Mid-Ohio.

“We’ve had a pretty trying year, obviously everyone has, circumstances very tough with COVID and all the social distancing that we have to do. But the fact we’re out here racing and have some fans is fantastic,” Power said. “That’s what we love to do. We love to entertain. We love to drive.

“That’s probably the first race in about 10 years that I’ve just gone hard. Every other race I save fuel and we try to play the strategy game.  Today I just said, ‘ Let’s just go hard. Screw this, let’s just run hard and use my raw pace and see what happens.’ We won the race, it was a great strategy.”

Teammate Josef Newgarden finished second and was able to bite into Scott Dixon’s lead in the overall point standings. While Dixon still has a sizable lead, it shrunk from 96 to 76 points over Newgarden after Dixon qualified 17th and spent the majority of the race trying to make his way through the field.

Alexander Rossi finished third, while Graham Rahal and Ryan Hunter-Reay rounded out the top five. Felix Rosenqvist, Jack Harvey, Rinus VeeKay, Colton Herta and Scott Dixon completed the top 10.

Round two of IndyCar’s doubleheader at Mid-Ohio takes place at 1 p.m. ET Sunday with live coverage on NBC.