Power claims maiden oval victory

Will Power produced a commanding drive to capitalise on his grid position and take the first oval victory of his career in the second IndyCar Twin 275 race at Texas

Power claims maiden oval victory

Power, who drew grid spot three in the ballot, took the lead from polesitter Tony Kanaan (KV) on lap 41 after a lengthy battle, and then had to hold off a charging Scott Dixon over the closing laps to secure the victory.

"I've been trying to nail this for so long," the Penske driver said. "I'm so happy. It's a great race and it was good fun. It was a good battle with Tony at the start, and when it was time to go, I went."

Power finished 0.9446 seconds clear of Dixon (Ganassi), who put in a great drive to second after drawing grid slot 18. Third was Ryan Briscoe, who survived an early trip across the grass while avoiding another car, with Penske team-mate Helio Castroneves just behind him.

Race one winner Dario Franchitti did an excellent job of damage limitation in finishing seventh after starting from 28th, although the Scot remained critical of the lottery grid system being used in a points-paying race.

"We got hosed tonight, and if we lose the championship by that many points, I'll be pissed off," the Ganassi driver said.

Fears of a race blighted by caution periods proved unfounded, with the entire distance being completed under racing conditions.

Results - 114 laps: Pos Driver Team  Time/Gap 1. Will Power Penske 48m08.9739s 2. Scott Dixon Ganassi + 0.9466s 3. Ryan Briscoe Penske + 4.6524s 4. Helio Castroneves Penske + 9.5738s 5. Tony Kanaan KV + 14.3723s 6. Marco Andretti Andretti + 16.9488s 7. Dario Franchitti Ganassi + 18.4374s 8. Danica Patrick Andretti + 18.5558s 9. Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti + 21.7976s 10. EJ Viso KV + 24.0923s 11. Vitor Meira Foyt + 24.6397s 12. Takuma Sato KV + 1 lap 13. Paul Tracy Dragon + 1 lap 14. Alex Tagliani Sam Schmidt + 1 lap 15. Oriol Servià Newman/Haas + 1 lap 16. Ed Carpenter Sarah Fisher + 1 lap 17. Mike Conway Andretti + 1 lap 18. JR Hildebrand Panther + 1 lap 19. James Hinchcliffe Newman/Haas + 1 lap 20. Jay Howard Sam Schmidt + 1 lap 21. Justin Wilson Dreyer & Reinbold + 1 lap 22. Ana Beatriz Dreyer & Reinbold + 1 lap 23. Charlie Kimball Ganassi + 2 laps 24. Alex Lloyd Dale Coyne + 2 laps 25. Davey Hamilton Dreyer & Reinbold + 2 laps 26. Wade Cunningham Sam Schmidt + 2 laps 27. Simona de Silvestro HVM + 3 laps 28. James Jakes Dale Coyne + 3 laps 29. Sebastian Saavedra Conquest + 3 laps Retirements: Graham Rahal Ganassi 104 laps 
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