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Will Power celebrates his Edmonton Indy win on Sunday. (Sun Media/Jason Franson)

Will Power celebrates his Edmonton Indy win on Sunday. (Sun Media/Jason Franson)

TERRY JONES, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:43 AM ET

Will Power won one for grandmom.

His grandmother met his grandfather in the Alberta capital.

Power is from Toowooba, Australia, and is named after his great, great grandfather. Power's grandfather was based here as a pilot in training during the Second World War and met his grandmother, a Canadian, here.

He wouldn't be here, he reasons, if his grandmother hadn't met dear old granddad in Edmonton. But as a driver who has won a pole position here in both Champ Car and the merged IndyCar series and now won a race here, he's kind of fond of the place for other reasons.

Power led for 90 of the 95 laps to win the race as a part-time driver for Roger Penske.

Penske teammate Helio Castroneves was second for the second straight year, while last year's Edmonton winner Scott Dixon took third, driving for Target Chip Ganassi.

Penske hired Power as a part-timer this year to replace Castroneves while he was on trial for tax evasion, giving him a bright yellow suit and bright yellow car, instead of the traditional Penske red and white. But Power doesn't care. He's having the time of his life.

"I love it. It might look a little bit bright, but if I'm ever around and there's someone unloading a Penske Truck rental truck, I can walk up and say 'Need a hand?'

"I'm very happy. I'm really enjoying being a part of Penske Racing.

"I'm not stressed. I'm just taking it one race at a time and doing my best. I have to thank Roger (Penske) for the opportunity. Today was just a great day."

He was asked, when he got to the interview room, if he thought he was passing his audition to get a full-time ride with the team.

"I'm not sure what more I can do," he said. "I haven't been thinking forward, I've just been doing each day at a time. That's one reason I'm enjoying this racing year.

"In the last three years I've always been stressing about not having a ride for the next year. This year I don't have a full-time ride, but I'm enjoying my racing more than ever."

It was the people behind him who were stressed.

Castroneves, for the second year in a row, could barely climb on the podium for the trophy presentations due to an injured hip, although he kept a smile on his face.

Dixon broke up a Penske sweep, edging out Ryan Briscoe for third.

"It was one of the toughest races we've ever run," said Dixon of the race in front of an estimated 52,000 fans, which moved him into the lead of the series standings.

With 38C temperatures during the race (and 43 C on the track) it was tough even if the race set an IndyCar record for fewest laps under yellow at one -- the last lap.

"It was a tough race without any yellow flags. It was tough out there," said Briscoe.

Not only did the Penske cars finish 1-2-4, the pit crews came out of here heroes.

The crews of the three Penske teams saved Tony Kanaan when his car caught fire leaving his pit area and they came over the wall to extinguish the fire and pull Kanaan out of his car before suffering more than minor burns to his hands and chin.

"I tried to pull out of the pit and looked down and unfortunately what had happened, happened," said Kanaan.

With Penske cars qualifying 1-2-3, the race was a Penske parade from start to end and came within one lap of becoming the first ever IndyCar race to go green from start to finish.

When Tomas Scheckter put it into the wall on lap 94 of 95, it left Power to win the race on a yellow flag. Dario Franchitti who finished fifth, one spot ahead of Canada's Paul Tracy -- who moved from ninth to sixth by the third lap and held that position in the parade for the duration.

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THE FINISH LINE

REXALL EDMONTON INDY

Results yesterday at the IndyCar Series event July 26 at the 1.973-mile Edmonton City Centre Airport, with order of finish, starting position in parentheses, driver, chassis-engine, laps completed and reason out (if any):

1. (1) Will Power, Dallara-Honda, 95, Running

2. (3) Helio Castroneves, Dallara-Honda, 95, Running

3. (4) Scott Dixon, Dallara-Honda, 95, Running

4. (2) Ryan Briscoe, Dallara-Honda, 95, Running

5. (6) Dario Franchitti, Dallara-Honda, 95, Running

6. (9) Paul Tracy, Dallara-Honda, 95, Running

7. (5) Graham Rahal, Dallara-Honda, 95, Running

8. (15) Justin Wilson, Dallara-Honda, 95, Running

9. (10) Robert Doornbos, Dallara-Honda, 94, Running

10. (18) Marco Andretti, Dallara-Honda, 94, Running

11. (20) Danica Patrick, Dallara-Honda, 94, Running

12. (14) E.J. Viso, Dallara-Honda, 94, Running

13. (17) Alex Tagliani, Dallara-Honda, 94, Running

14. (12) Hideki Mutoh, Dallara-Honda, 94, Running

15. (22) Dan Wheldon, Dallara-Honda, 94, Running

16. (23) Ed Carpenter, Dallara-Honda, 93, Running

17. (21) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Dallara-Honda, 87, Running

18. (8) Raphael Matos, Dallara-Honda, 85, Running

19. (16) Tomas Scheckter, Dallara-Honda, 73, Contact

20. (11) Mike Conway, Dallara-Honda, 63, Running

21. (13) Tony Kanaan, Dallara-Honda, 34, Pit Fire

22. (19) Richard Antinucci, Dallara-Honda, 20, Mechanical

23. (7) Mario Moraes, Dallara-Honda, 0, Contact

RACE STATISTICS

Winner's average speed: 109.497 mph

Time of race: 1:42:42.3773

Margin of victory: Under caution

Cautions: 1 caution flags for 2 laps

Lead changes: 5 among 4 drivers

Lap leaders: Power 1-32, Castroneves 33-34, Power 35-62, Briscoe 63, Dixon 64-65, Power 66-95.

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THE STANDINGS

SERIES DRIVER STANDINGS -- TOP 10

1. Scott Dixon 380

2. Dario Franchitti 377

3. Ryan Briscoe 366

4. Helio Castroneves 309

5. Danica Patrick 285

6. Marco Andretti 259

7. Dan Wheldon 255

8. Justin Wilson 241

9. Tony Kanaan 239

10. Graham Rahal 235


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