Toronto Indy won by Will Power

Will Power sprays champagne after winning the Honda Indy Toronto race. (ALEX UROSEVIC/QMI Agency)

Will Power sprays champagne after winning the Honda Indy Toronto race. (ALEX UROSEVIC/QMI Agency)

DEAN McNULTY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:50 AM ET

Will Power thanked his grandmother on Sunday for having the good grace to have been born in Canada, as he claimed his second Honda Indy Toronto crown.

Those wins match up with two wins at the Honda Indy Edmonton.

His win total after Sunday in Canada climbed to an astonishing four wins in five races.

And he's heading back to Edmonton this week to attempt to make it five of six.

Power said that Canada, and Edmonton in particular, where his late grandmother was born, holds a special place for him.

"That's about the only way to explain why I have had such extraordinary success in Canada," he said. "I love Canada."

Power needed all the help he could get as the 85-lap race around the Exhibition Place 2.82-km temporary street course was littered with wrecks that, at times, made the race more resemble a demolition derby than a major open-wheel racing event.

The near capacity crowd seemed to love the mayhem, however, as the front grandstands roared at each yellow flag caution.

"As I predicted, it was a very wild race," Power said. "It started from the very first corner for me."

That was when his Penske teammate Helio Castroneves and Ryan Hunter-Reay in an Andretti Autosport car tried to go around Power's No. 12 Horizon Dallara simultaneously.

"I was like 'all right you guys go ahead', " he said. "The key for me was avoiding the carnage and accidents which I know happen every year (at Toronto). Like I said (about) the first corner, that could have been the finish of the race for me if I hadn't let them go."

As the race wore on and more and more wrecks were happening around him, Power managed to stay up front and set his sights on Target Ganassi Racing's Scott Dixon, who was between him and the then-race leaders Justin Wilson and Dario Franchitti.

"I just waited and waited until I got a little closer to Dixon and passed him," Power said. "I just knew if I didn't make any mistakes, we had good stops, we would have a chance of finishing on the podium or maybe winning."

The 29-year-old Power, a native of Toowoomba, Australia, worked his plan to perfection, eventually passing all three to take the checkered flag.

Franchitti ended up second -- his fourth podium finish in Toronto -- with Hunter-Reay third.

Tony Kanaan and Graham Rahal rounded out the top five.

The top Canadian was Paul Tracy, who finished 13th, with Alex Tagliani finishing a lap down after a confrontation with South African Tomas Scheckter.

For Franchitti, who was the defending race champion, second place was pretty good, considering he started in fifth. He agree with Power on how physical the race was as it wore on.

"The key for me really were those last restarts (after various crashes)," he said. "Will almost crashed in one of them and I almost got him there."

Franchitti said it isn't going to get any easier with the series going to Edmonton's tough City Centre Airport on Sunday of next week.

"Next week will be really tough," he said. "I don't think there's many tracks as physical back-to-back as Toronto and Edmonton."

Power's win increased his lead over Franchitti in the series championship to 42 points.

"I talked to (former champion) Dixon earlier this season and he told me that you can't win it all without winning the most races," Power said. "And that's what we are trying to do."

dean.mcnulty@sunmedia.ca


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