Three-straight for Will Power in Brazil

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Monday 30th April, 2012 - 9:01am

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Will Power wins in Brazil for the third year in a row

Will Power has won his third-straight IndyCar race and third-straight Sao Paulo Indy 300 beating home Ryan Hunter-Reay in Brazil.

Pole sitter, Power held off Hunter-Reay on a Lap 71 restart with Takuma Sato coming from last position on the grid and a drive-through penalty to finish third.

The Australian is the first driver since Scott Dixon in 2007 to win three consecutive races (Watkins Glen, Nashville, Mid-Ohio). With Helio Castroneves winning at St. Petersburg, it’s the first time in his 44-year motorsports career that team owner Roger Penske has won the first four races of a season.

There were five full-course cautions, including incidents on Lap 29 and Lap 67 restarts that bottled up six cars and eight cars, respectively, in the slow speed Turns 1-2 complex to mix up the running order.

Power, who inherited the point when Scott Dixon pitted under caution on Lap 64, held off Hunter-Reay on the Lap 67 restart, which quickly turned into a Turn 1 parking lot that collected, among others, Dixon. Recognizing it as possibly his final opportunity to overtake Power, Hunter-Reay moved to the outside in Turn 1 of the Lap 71 green flag.

“(The final restart) was the key to winning,” said Power.

“Ryan got a really good jump. I knew I just had to go like you wouldn’t believe through the first complex of corners because I knew he could get a run on me. Ryan is one of the hardest guys you will ever race; he never gives up.”

Castroneves overtook front-row starter Dario Franchitti on that restart to finish fourth.

Australia’s other driver in the race, Ryan Briscoe, was runinng inside the top-5, but crashed out of the race after sliding wide after hitting a damp patch on the road.

The next race is the big one – the Indianapolis 500 on 27 May.

Here are the race highlights

Here are the top two drivers

RESULTS

Position Driver Team/Car Time/Gap
1 Will Power Penske : Chevrolet 75 laps 2h08m18.2816s
2 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti : Chevrolet + 0.9045s
3 Takuma Sato Rahal : Honda + 2.3905s
4 Helio Castroneves Penske : Chevrolet + 4.5489s
5 Dario Franchitti Ganassi : Honda + 5.1722s
6 James Hinchcliffe Andretti : Chevrolet + 6.2615s
7 JR Hildebrand Panther : Chevrolet + 8.3764s
8 Charlie Kimball Ganassi : Honda + 8.5905s
9 EJ Viso KV : Chevrolet + 10.3449s
10 Rubens Barrichello KV : Chevrolet + 10.8477s
11 Oriol Servia Dreyer & Reinbold : Lotus + 24.4771s
12 Simon Pagenaud Schmidt : Honda + 1 lap
13 Tony Kanaan KV : Chevrolet + 1 lap
14 Marco Andretti Andretti : Chevrolet + 1 lap
15 James Jakes Dale Coyne : Chevrolet + 1 lap
16 Graham Rahal Ganassi : Honda + 1 lap
17 Scott Dixon Ganassi : Honda + 1 lap
18 Sebastien Bourdais Dragon : Lotus + 1 lap
19 Mike Conway Foyt : Honda + 2 laps
20 Ana Beatriz Andretti : Chevrolet + 2 laps
21 Ed Carpenter Carpenter : Chevrolet + 3 laps
DNF Justin Wilson Dale Coyne : Honda 66 laps
DNF Josef Newgarden Fisher : Honda 61 laps
DNF Simona de Silvestro HVM : Lotus 28 laps
DNF Ryan Briscoe Penske : Chevrolet 21 laps
DNF Katherine Legge Dragon : Lotus 20 laps

CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS

Position Driver Team/Car Points
1 Will Power Penske : Chevrolet 127
2 Helio Castroneves Penske : Chevrolet 103
3 Simon Pagenaud Schmidt : Honda 100
4 Scott Dixon Ganassi : Honda 96
5 James Hinchcliffe Andretti : Chevrolet 95
6 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti : Chevrolet 81
7 Ryan Briscoe Penske : Chevrolet 73
8 Graham Rahal Ganassi : Honda 62
9 Rubens Barrichello KV : Chevrolet 59
10 JR Hildebrand Panther : Chevrolet 57
11 EJ Viso KV : Chevrolet 54
12 Tony Kanaan KV : Chevrolet 54
13 Dario Franchitti Ganassi : Honda 52
14 Justin Wilson Dale Coyne : Honda 52
15 Mike Conway Foyt : Honda 50
16 Takuma Sato Rahal : Honda 48
17 Sebastien Bourdais Dragon : Lotus 47
18 Marco Andretti Andretti : Chevrolet 45
19 Oriol Servia Dreyer & Reinbold : Lotus 45
20 Charlie Kimball Ganassi : Honda 44
21 James Jakes Dale Coyne : Chevrolet 43
22 Josef Newgarden Fisher : Honda 42
23 Ed Carpenter Carpenter : Chevrolet 40
24 Alex Tagliani Team Barracuda : Lotus 37
25 Katherine Legge Dragon : Lotus 36
26 Simona de Silvestro HVM : Lotus 36
27 Ana Beatriz Andretti : Chevrolet 0

 

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