August 27, 2010 > Will Power has perfect weekend
Will Power has perfect weekend
Story and photo by William Mancebo
Will Power raced a perfect weekend at Infineon Raceway taking the pole start and finishing with a win on Sunday's (Aug. 22) Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma.
Power turned his luck around from a visit exactly one year ago where he watched the race from a hospital bed. The injury resulted after a practice session crash that left him suffering from two broken vertebrae and a concussion that ended his 2009 season at Infineon Raceway.
Will powered his way to a qualifying lap of one minute, 16.5282 seconds (108.337 mph) on the 2.303-mile, 12-turn road course to claim the pole for Sunday's race. The pole is Power's IZOD IndyCar Series-record eighth PEAK Performance Pole Award of the season.
This year's win sets Power's IZOD IndyCar Series points lead to 514 points with Franchitti (Target Chip Ganassi Racing), who finished third sitting at 455. Scott Dixon finished second, while Power's Team Penske teammates Ryan Briscoe and Helio Castroneves were fourth and fifth, respectively.
Besides taking the checkered flag on Sunday, Power also received the inaugural Mario Andretti Road Championship trophy and a $50,000 check in victory circle being crowned by the racing legend himself.