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After sweeping to the PEAK Performance Pole for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama presented by Legacy, Australian Will Power was emphatic that this was a race he wanted to win ... badly.

Power, who also started on the pole in the inaugural IZOD IndyCar Series race on the 2.38 mile, 17 turn Barber Motorsports Park course, finished fourth last April. It cost him points in the championship race over the course of the 17 event season, and he believed he let it slip away.

So the Aussie put an exclamation point on the picture perfect spring weekend with a wire to wire victory. Target Chip Ganassi Racing's Scott Dixon was runner up for the second year in a row and reigning series champion Dario Franchitti was third.

Marco Andretti, who wound up upside down on the first lap of the season opener two weeks earlier, finished fourth for Andretti Autosport and Oriol Servia continued to impress with a fifth place for Newman/Haas Racing.

Tony Kanaan advanced 18 positions to finish sixth and Helio Castroneves, the 2010 race winner, was seventh. Simon Pagenaud, who was filling in for the injured Ana Beatriz (broken wrist) came in eighth after starting 23rd.

Simona de Silvestro earned her second consecutive top 10, while rookie Charlie Kimball recorded his first top 10 finish.

Also on April 10, pole sitter Victor Garcia led all 40 laps to win the Firestone Indy Lights race at Barber Motorsports Park.

Driving the #22 TMR-Xtreme Coil Drilling car, he led Andretti Autosport driver Stefan Wilson across the finish line by 0.3125 of a second with Peter Dempsey finishing in third and Jorge Goncalvez, who started 14th, was fourth.

HONDA INDY GRAND PRIX OF ALABAMA (IZOD INDYCAR SERIES) RACE SPECIFICS:
  • The race is 90 laps, 214.2 miles on the 17 turn, 2.38 mile street course.
  • The pit road speed limit is 60 mph.
  • Pole sitter Will Power has chosen to grid drivers' left.
  • The green flag to start the race will be show the second time by the start-finish line.
  • The 100 percent fuel-grade ethanol allotment for today's race is 82 gallons.
  • Three time Indianapolis 500 winner Johnny Rutherford will drive the Honda Accord Safety Car.
  • There will be no tow-ins or returns from the garage within 15 minutes
HONDA INDY GRAND PRIX OF ALABAMA (IZOD INDYCAR SERIES) RACE STATISTICS:
Winners average speed: 92.194
Time of Race: 2h14'42.9523
Margin of victory: 3.3828 seconds
Cautions: 6 for 20 laps
Lead changes: 0
Lap Leaders: Power 1-90
Point Standings: Power 94,Franchitti 87, Kanaan 63, Dixon 54, De Silvestro 54, Servia 52, Andretti 44, Sato 44, Tagliani 43, Meira 42.

HONDA INDY GRAND PRIX OF ALABAMA RACE RESULTS:
Pos. Started Driver Car Laps Status
1. 1 Will Power Dallara-Honda 90 Running
2. 3 Scott Dixon Dallara-Honda 90 Running
3. 7 Dario Franchitti Dallara-Honda 90 Running
4. 9 Marco Andretti Dallara-Honda 90 Running
5. 6 Oriol Servia Dallara-Honda 90 Running
6. 24 Tony Kanaan Dallara-Honda 90 Running
7. 4 Helio Castroneves Dallara-Honda 90 Running
8. 23 Simon Pagenaud Dallara-Honda 90 Running
9. 13 Simona de Silvestro Dallara-Honda 90 Running
10. 21 Charlie Kimball Dallara-Honda 90 Running
11. 20 Sebastien Bourdais Dallara-Honda 90 Running
12. 19 Vitor Meira Dallara-Honda 90 Running
13. 15 JR Hildebrand Dallara-Honda 90 Running
14. 17 Ryan Hunter-Reay Dallara-Honda 90 Running
15. 12 Alex Tagliani Dallara-Honda 90 Running
16. 11 Takuma Sato Dallara-Honda 90 Running
17. 22 Danica Patrick Dallara-Honda 89 Running
18. 10 Graham Rahal Dallara-Honda 88 Running
19. 5 Justin Wilson Dallara-Honda 62 Contact
20. 14 Raphael Matos Dallara-Honda 62 Contact
21. 2 Ryan Briscoe Dallara-Honda 57 Contact
22. 16 Mike Conway Dallara-Honda 45 Contact
23. 18 EJ Viso Dallara-Honda 40 Contact
24. 8 James Hinchcliffe Dallara-Honda 40 Contact
25. 25 James Jakes Dallara-Honda 30 Mechanical
26. 26 Sebastian Saavedra Dallara-Honda 27 Mechanical




 
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