STREETS OF LONG BEACH, CA
April 15, 2012 on NBC
Power captures Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach IZOD IndyCar
'You just have to be smart as it plays out'
BEACH, Calif. – For the second event this
month, Will Power wasn’t expecting more than a top-five
finish to secure valuable points in the championship.
two victories in the young season – from starting
ninth and 12th – the hard-charging Aussie might
be changing his outlook. Pole starts – of which
he has 10 over the past 20 races, including one this year
– might not be the automatic ticket to Victory Circle.
who started 12th in the 38th Toyota Grand Prix of Long
Beach on April 15 because of a 10-grid position penalty
assessed to all Chevrolet teams for unapproved engine
changes, squeezed 31 laps from 18.5 gallons of fuel on
the 1.968-mile street circuit while being chased down
by Simon Pagenaud the final 15 laps. He won by 0.8675
of a second.
could not believe it,” said Power, who notched his
17th Indy car victory. “You always believe that
it is possible to win or get on the podium, but it was
very unlikely, the fact that it was going to be a two
stop race. But it was just amazing that Simon did three
stops and I did two stops, like two different strategies
and the result was similar. There was hardly any time
between us as we crossed the finish line.
just always a surprise in IndyCar, I think. You can never
predict; you can never assume going into a race. You just
have to be smart as it plays out.
was a very sweet victory because I've been on pole here
in 2009, '10 and '11, and it just frustrated me that every
year something would happen and I couldn't win. Once again
this weekend, I'm starting 12th and I felt as though,
'That's impossible to win. I've got another bad year at
it was just a good race. I pushed hard all the time, no
mistakes, great strategy, and just a great team effort
team effort has led Power to the top of the IZOD IndyCar
Series championship standings by 24 points over Team Penske
teammate Helio Castroneves heading to Sao Paulo, Brazil,
where he’s won the past two years.
year after not converting the Long Beach pole into a podium
(he finished 10th) in the third race of the season, Power
was seven points to the rear of Dario Franchitti. He wound
up second in the standings – by 18 points, which
included eight bonus points for a corresponding numbers
of pole wins -- for the second consecutive year.
added that the team effort is spread across the organization,
which has swept the three races (Castroneves winning the
season opener on the streets of St. Petersburg). The Long
Beach Indy car win was Team Penske’s first since
2001, when Castroneves prevailed.
think it's just that they've been probably one of the
best prepared with the new car,” Power said. “We
did a lot of miles (since manufacturer testing began in
November). Chevy has worked very hard, and obviously our
first hit of the year obviously the 10 spot grid penalty
was a precautionary thing and didn't affect us too badly.
me, it has been hard work. I think my guys feel very confident
no matter where we start now that it's always possible.”
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