Power Cruises At Infineon

| , RacinToday.com Sunday, August 28 2011

Will Power won the IndyCar Series race at Infineon Raceway on Sunday. (Photo courtesy of the IZOD IndyCar Series)

Will Power of Team Penske started Sunday’s IZOD IndyCar Series race at Infineon Raceway from the pole, led every lap and got back to Victory Lane for the fifth time of the season.

The only time that Power was challenged during the race was on a restart – the lone restart of the race – with six laps to go.

The victory was No. 14 in Power’s career in the series.

Power led a 1-2-3 finish by Penske drivers as Helio Castroneves finished second and Ryan Briscoe third.

The sweep comes a day after Penske driver Brad Keselowski won the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

“It was just an unbelievable team performance,” Power said. “It was the best weekend you could ever have. If it stays green, you’re almost guaranteed to have a 1-2-3 finish, and that’s what happened.  I kept thinking that if it stayed green we would be in really good shape because we had the quickest cars out there. The entire Team Penske was very strong and did a fantastic job with the cars.
“I was happy for that last restart because I had a lot of traffic in front of me that I was lapping and I knew that would make it tough. I have been unbelievably motivated after a few bad races this season. I knew that Verizon Team Penske was better than this as a team and we came here with a good set up today, finished strong and we are on the right track now.”

“Will was definitely in a class of his own,” Castroneves said.

Rounding out the top five were Target Chip Ganassi drivers Dario Franchitti, the series points leader, and Scott Dixon.

“Congratulations to the Penske guys,” Franchitti said. “They were brilliant in qualifying yesterday –  in a different league – and they did the same in the race today.  They’ve done a better job than we have and they deserve it.  I spent all day staring at Ryan’s back wing and I couldn’t make anything happen even when he was getting held up in traffic.  You’re going to have days like this.  We didn’t make any mistakes though and we got a fourth place so we’re going to improve things for Baltimore.”

Power’s victory allowed him to trim 21 points from Franchitti’s lead, which now stands at 26 points with four races left on the schedule.

(This story will be updated shortly)

| , RacinToday.com Sunday, August 28 2011
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