Power surge at Glen

DEAN McNULTY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:50 PM ET

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. — Australia’s Will Power said on Friday that he had to be careful because he was so looking forward to the IZOD IndyCar series races in Toronto and Edmonton that it might take away from concentrating on Sunday’s Camping World Grand Prix at Watkins Glen International.

He needn’t have been concerned.

Power took his No. 12 Penske Racing Dallara from the pole position to the checkered flag, bringing the team its first victory at the Glen since the 1981 when legendary Rick Mears drove for team owner Roger Penske.

Just to add some icing to the victory cake Power’s teammate Ryan Briscoe finished second making it a 1-2 Penske podium.

Only Dario Franchitti in the No. 10 Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara broke the Penske dominance, by finishing third.

Raphael Matos and Mario Moraes rounded out the top five.

Power, as laid back a driver as there is on the IndyCar circuit, even managed to show some excitement at the historic win.

“I am so happy to win it,” he said. “I wanted it real bad; I can’t stand it when you’re the quickest in qualifying and then you have a bad race.”

Power even let it out of the bag that he sometimes is guilty of day dreaming a bit during a race, and such the worry about thinking about Canada where he has wins — 2007 in Toronto and 2009 in Edmonton.”

“Honestly, (Sunday) was the first race that I pushed every single lap,” he said. “Never once during the race where he didn’t push.”

And Briscoe, who was second in both Canadian races last season, said it was fun racing hard against Franchitti, the Toronto race defending champion and Power.

It looked for a long time as if Franchitti would finish in front of Briscoe but the No. 10 Dallara’s tires started to wear badly in the final laps.

“Dario was hanging on for dear life at the end and thankfully his tires went off about a lap sooner than mine,” Briscoe said.

All three — Power, Franchitti and Briscoe who are 1-2 and 4 in the championship standings — talked Sunday about how important the two Canadian temporary street course races will be in determining this season’s title holder.

“All three of us developed out racing skills on road and street courses,” Franchitti said. “So it becomes extra important to get as many points as possible at your strongest events and certainly I consider Toronto my strongest race on this part of the schedule. And I’m sure Will feels the same about Edmonton.”

Briscoe, however, said that because each of the three is so strong at the two races the Canadian results might not give a particular bounce to any of their chances.

“If we are all pretty even going in and we all get good results the only thing it will do is make the gap between us and the next level of challengers bigger,” he said.

Meanwhile in the battle of Canadians on Sunday, Toronto’s Paul Tracy finished 14th in the No. 24 Dreyer & Reinbold Dallara with Montreal’s Alex Tagliani finishing 17th in his No. 77 FAZZT Racing team Dallara.

dean.mcnulty@sunmedia.ca


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