Will Power wins in Baltimore

Will Power scored his sixth win of the 2011 IndyCar Series

Will Power has won the inaugural Baltimore Grand Prix to score his sixth win of the season and close the gap in the IZOD IndyCar Series to Dario Franchitti to just five points.

Power started from the pole, led the most laps and although he appeared to cruise to victory, the Toowoomba racer said it was tougher than it appeared.

“I’ve never driven so hard in my whole life,” Power said.

“I gave it absolutely everything. I’m exhausted. I reckon that’s probably one of my best race wins ever.”

It was what transpired behind the Verizon Team Penske driver, who chopped 50 points off series championship Franchitti’s lead over the past five races and heads to the Twin Ring Motegi road course on 17 September with his confidence on a high.

Oriol Servia came from 16th on the grid to finish runner-up ahead of Tony Kanaan – Franchitti was fourth with Chip Ganassi team-mate Scott Dixon in fifth.

Ryan Hunter-Reay recovered from contact with Australia’s Ryan Briscoe to finish eighth, while the Sydney driver was placed 14th.

Briscoe was penalised for his role in the incident, but remarkably only Giorgio Pantano and James Jakes were forced out with damage. Nevertheless, the traffic jam prompted a dramatic reshuffle of the order between positions six and 28.

“Ryan was blocking me and then he changed lanes,” Briscoe said.

“I was coming in hot because he was blocking and then I had nowhere to go. It wouldn’t have happened if he wasn’t blocking me.

“It’s a tough penalty, it ruined my race.”

See below for the race results

 1 Will Power Penske 2h02m19.4998s
 2 Oriol Servia Newman/Haas    + 10.2096s
 3 Tony Kanaan KV    + 10.8557s
 4 Dario Franchitti Ganassi    + 11.0831s
 5 Scott Dixon Ganassi    + 11.5032s
 6 Alex Tagliani Sam Schmidt    + 17.7124s
 7 Danica Patrick Andretti    + 18.5661s
 8 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti    + 18.9269s
 9 Vitor Meira Foyt    + 22.3096s
10 Graham Rahal Ganassi    + 22.6977s
11 Martin Plowman AFS/Sam Schmidt    + 23.7405s
12 Simona de Silvestr HVM    + 24.7568s
13 Sebastian Saavedra Conquest    + 29.6042s
14 Ryan Briscoe Penske    + 30.9855s
15 EJ Viso KV    + 50.6756s
16 Ana Beatriz Dreyer & Reinbold    + 60.5667s
17 Helio Castroneves Penske       + 1 lap
18 Takuma Sato KV      + 2 laps
19 JR Hildebrand Panther      + 2 laps
20 Ed Carpenter Sarah Fisher      + 2 laps
21 Charlie Kimball Ganassi      + 2 laps
22 Tomas Scheckter Dreyer & Reinbold      + 4 laps
23 Mike Conway Andretti     + 11 laps
DNF James Hinchcliffe Newman/Haas       54 laps
DNF Marco Andretti Andretti       40 laps
DNF Giorgio Pantano Dreyer & Reinbold       39 laps
DNF James Jakes Dale Coyne       37 laps
DNF Sebastien Bourdais Dale Coyne        9 laps

See below for the updated championship standings

Pos Driver Pts
1 Dario Franchitti 507
2 Will Power 502
3 Scott Dixon 403
4 Oriol Servia 367
5 Tony Kanaan 340
6 Ryan Briscoe 328
7 Ryan Hunter-Reay 305
8 Marco Andretti 292
9 Helio Castroneves 290
10 Graham Rahal 284
11 Danica Patrick 275
12 Alex Tagliani 264
13 Vitor Meira 263
14 Takuma Sato 262
15 JR Hildebrand 258
16 James Hinchcliffe 255
17 Mike Conway 226
18 E.J. Viso 217
19 Charlie Kimball 204
20 Simona de Silvestro 199
21 Ana Beatriz 188
22 Justin Wilson 183
23 Sebastian Saavedra 178
24 Sebastien Boudais 160
25 James Jakes 160
26 Ed Carpenter 125
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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