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Will Power leads home Penske 1-2-3

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Monday 29th August, 2011 - 8:57am

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Will Power

Will Power has led home a Penske 1-2-3 at the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma and, in doing so, has considerably narrowed Dario Franchitti’s lead in the IZOD IndyCar Series.

After qualifying on pole, Power pulled away early, didn’t have any issues on pit lane, withstood the lone restart challenge and went on to become the first two-time winner in seven years on the road course.

With the bonus points for the pole start and leading the most laps (71 of 75), Power pulled the title gap to 26 points of front-runner Dario Franchitti of Target Chip Ganassi Racing, who finished fourth.

“It was just a perfect race,” said Power, who earned his fifth victory of the season.

“This one is pretty important.”

Power’s Penske team-mates Helio Castroneves and Ryan Briscoe finished second and third. It was the first time since Nazareth in 1994 when Penske took its last podium clean-sweep. (At Nazareth ’94, it was Paul Tracy, Al Unser Jr. and Emerson Fittipaldi).

Scott Dixon, who is third in the standings, finished fifth. Giorgio Pantano, making his debut with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing in place of the injured Justin Wilson (back), advanced five spots to finish sixth ahead of Sebastien Bourdais, James Hinchcliffe, Graham Rahal and E.J. Viso.

There are four races remaining (two ovals, two road/streets), with the Baltimore Grand Prix first up next weekend.

Check out the race highlights


See below for the full race result

 1 Will Power Penske 1h47m29.7619s
2 Helio Castroneves Penske       3.2420s
 3 Ryan Briscoe Penske       6.4494s
 4 Dario Franchitti Ganassi       7.6540s
 5 Scott Dixon Ganassi      14.4755s
 6 Sebastien Bourdais Dale Coyne      17.1257s
 7 James Hinchcliffe Newman/Haas      17.2713s
 8 Graham Rahal Ganassi      17.7900s
 9 Ernesto Viso KV      21.6276s
10 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti      22.1731s
11 Oriol Servia Newman/Haas      22.9512s
12 Martin Plowman AFS/Sam Schmidt      24.2602s
13 Ana Beatriz Dreyer & Reinbold      29.7207s
14 Sebastian Saavedra Conquest      41.1146s
15 Simon Pagenaud Dreyer & Reinbold      41.7526s
16 Mike Conway Andretti      1m.2912s
17 Giorgio Pantano Dreyer & Reinbold    1m14.2922s
18 Takuma Sato KV       + 1 lap
19 James Jakes Dale Coyne       + 1 lap
20 Alex Tagliani Sam Schmidt       + 1 lap
21 Danica Patrick Andretti       + 1 lap
22 Vitor Meira Foyt       + 1 lap
23 JR Hildebrand Panther       + 1 lap
24 Marco Andretti Andretti       + 1 lap
25 Ed Carpenter Sarah Fisher       + 1 lap
DNF Charlie Kimball Ganassi       66 laps
DNF Ho-Pin Tung Sam Schmidt Dragon       63 laps
DNF Tony Kanaan KV       38 laps

See below for the updated championship standings

Pos Driver Pts
1 Dario Franchitti 475
2 Will Power 449
3 Scott Dixon 400
4 Oriol Servia 327
5 Ryan Briscoe 312
6 Tony Kanaan 305
7 Marco Andretti 282
8 Ryan Hunter-Reay 281
9 Helio Castroneves 277
10 Graham Rahal 264
11 Takuma Sato 250
12 Danica Patrick 247
13 JR Hildebrand 246
14 James Hinchcliffe 243
15 Vitor Meira 241
16 Alex Tagliani 238
17 Mike Conway 214
18 E.J. Viso 202
19 Charlie Kimball 192
20 Justin Wilson 183
21 Simona de Silvestro 181
22 Ana Beatriz 174
23 Sebastian Saavedra 161
24 Sebastien Boudais 150
25 James Jakes 150
26 Ed Carpenter 113
27 Alex Lloyd 75
28 Paul Tracy 68
29 Raphael Matos 67
30 Dan Wheldon 59
31 Simon Pagenaud 56
32 Tomas Scheckter 40
33 Bertrand Baguette 30
34 Martin Plowman 30
35 Jay Howard 27
36 Davey Hamilton 26
37 Townsend Bell 21
38 Pippa Mann 20
39 Buddy Rice 20
40 John Andretti 16
41 Giorgio Pantano 13
42 Wade Cunningham 10
43 Ho-Pin Tung 10
44 Scott Speed 0
45 Bruno Junqueira 0

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