Power Continues On As King Of The Roads

| , RacinToday.com Monday, July 19 2010

Will Power, center, Dario Franchitti, left, and Ryan Hunter-Reay celebrate from the podium at Toronto. (Photo courtesy of the IZOD IndyCar Series)


Will Power claimed his fourth IZOD IndyCar Series win of 2010, taking the Honda Indy Toronto, after overtaking polesitter Justin Wilson on a late-race restart.

Wilson looked to be on his way to victory with 20 laps left in the 85-lap event on theExhibition Place street circuit. But Will Power overtook Wilson on Lap 72 of a restart on the 1.75-mile, 11-turn circuit and went on to a 1.7-second victory over Dario Franchitti.

Ryan Hunter-Reay was third, Andretti Autorsport teammate Tony Kanaan finished fourth and Graham Rahal – making his season debut with Newman/Haas Racing — was fifth. Danica Patrick finished sixth – the same as last year.

The race was filled with crashes. Six drivers were taken out in wrecks in including stars like Helio Castroneves, Ryan Briscoe and Scott Dixon.

“The key for me when I came to this race was avoiding carnage and accidents, which happens every year here,” said Power, who also won the Toronto race in 2007. “The first corner of the first lap could have been the end for me, but I just backed off and gave up a couple of positions instead. Sometimes you just need to keep in mind the big picture.”

“That was just really unfortunate to be taken out by a non-championship contender,” said Briscoe. “The Team Penske car was definitely capable of a top-five finish today and we lost a lot of valuable championship points. We were able to finish, but now we’ll just have to put our heads down and get to work next weekend in Edmonton.”

Meanwhile, Castroneves fell to sixth in the standings, now 92 points behind Power.

“It’s very sad,” said Castroneves. “We had an awesome car and I think we could’ve fought for the win. (Meira) just broke very early going into the turn, and I just didn’t anticipate that. It’s really too bad. The Team Penske crew had a great pit stop and we were looking strong. We’ll regroup and come back with a better result next week at Edmonton.”

Results Sunday of the Honda Indy Toronto IZOD IndyCar Series event on the 1.755-mile Streets of Toronto circuit, with order of finish, starting position in parentheses, driver, chassis-engine, laps completed and reason out (if any):

1. (2) Will Power, Dallara-Honda, 85, Running

2. (5) Dario Franchitti, Dallara-Honda, 85, Running

3. (4) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Dallara-Honda, 85, Running

4. (8) Tony Kanaan, Dallara-Honda, 85, Running

5. (14) Graham Rahal, Dallara-Honda, 85, Running

6. (12) Danica Patrick, Dallara-Honda, 85, Running

7. (1) Justin Wilson, Dallara-Honda, 85, Running

8. (10) Marco Andretti, Dallara-Honda, 85, Running

9. (21) Simona de Silvestro, Dallara-Honda, 85, Running

10. (15) Dan Wheldon, Dallara-Honda, 85, Running

11. (26) Vitor Meira, Dallara-Honda, 85, Running

12. (22) Hideki Mutoh, Dallara-Honda, 85, Running

13. (24) Paul Tracy, Dallara-Honda, 84, Running

14. (20) Mario Moraes, Dallara-Honda, 84, Running

15. (19) Tomas Scheckter, Dallara-Honda, 84, Running

16. (16) Bertrand Baguette, Dallara-Honda, 84, Running

17. (9) Alex Tagliani, Dallara-Honda, 84, Running

18. (7) Ryan Briscoe, Dallara-Honda, 83, Running

19. (13) E.J. Viso, Dallara-Honda, 82, Running

20. (6) Scott Dixon, Dallara-Honda, 71, Contact

21. (11) Raphael Matos, Dallara Honda, 64, Contact

22. (17) Mario Romancini, Dallara-Honda, 31, Contact

23. (23) Alex Lloyd, Dallara-Honda, 26, Contact

24. (3) Helio Castroneves, Dallara-Honda, 21, Contact

25. (18) Takuma Sato, Dallara-Honda, Contact

26. (25) Milka Duno, DallaraHonda, 8, Handling

Race Statistics
Winners average speed:   83.451
Time of Race: 01:47:15.2554
Margin of victory: 1.2757 seconds
Cautions: 6 for 21 laps
Lead changes: 6 among 5 drivers
Lap Leaders: Wilson 1-17, Tracy 18-31 Franchitti 32-53, Power 54, Kanaan 55-56, Wilson 57-71, Power 72-85.
Point Standings: Power 377, Franchitti 335, Dixon 299, Briscoe 292, Hunter-Reay 286, Castroneves 285, Kanaan 273, Wilson 240, Wheldon 233, Andretti 225.

| , RacinToday.com Monday, July 19 2010
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