Power wins IndyCar opener

Will Power of Australia celebrates his victory in the Verizon IndyCar Series Firestone Grand Prix...

Will Power of Australia celebrates his victory in the Verizon IndyCar Series Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on Sunday. (Chris Trotman/Getty Images/AFP)

DEAN MCNULTY, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 9:29 PM ET

Will Power is back.

After a 2013 season in which he slipped from three consecutive runner-up championship finishes to fourth, Power showed his strength on the street course at the Verizon IndyCar Series season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in the No. 12 Penske Racing Chevrolet.

“Last year was horrible, and this year it’s good to get a points lead,” he said.

In a move only he could pull off, Power did a cross-over pass on then-leader Takuma Sato on Lap 32 and never looked back.

From that moment on his only competition was Ryan Hunter-Reay in the No. 28 Andretti Autosport Honda.

When the checkered flag came down to end the race, Power had a 1.947 seconds over Hunter-Reay.

With only two caution periods over the 110 laps of the race, there was little time for rest for the drivers, something that took its toll on the winner.


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