Power Flexes His Muscle Out West; Helio Nabs a Top 5

Danica Struggles in Wine Country

Danica Patrick set an IZOD IndyCar Series record with the 29th consecutive race in which she was running at the finish. She will race during both the IndyCar Championship Weekend (Oct. 2) and NASCAR’s Ford Championship Weekend (Nov. 20) photo courtesy: Richard Dowdy, IndyCar Media

Team Penske's Will Power capitalized on a nearly perfect race weekend as he dominated at Infineon for his fifth victory of the 2010 IZOD IndyCar Series season. Sunday’s race was the last road-course event before the season wraps up with four consecutive oval track events, including the series-crowning race at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Oct. 2. Lock in your tickets NOW to see Championship racing at Championship value: Tickets start at just $30 and are available by calling (866) 409-RACE or by logging on to THEChampionshipTrack.com.

Sunday's victory increased Power's lead in the overall IZOD IndyCar Series Championship standings en route to the NextEra Energy Indy Championships at Homestead-Miami Speedway Oct. 1-2. Lock in your tickets NOW to see Championship racing at Championship value: Tickets start at just $30 and are available by calling (866) 409-RACE or by logging on to THEChampionshipTrack.com.

Power’s victory highlighted a remarkable comeback a year to the day after he suffered serious injuries when he crashed while practicing for the race at Infineon.

"It's unreal," said Power. "What a perfect weekend, to come back here and win it. A year ago, I was lying in the hospital watching this race. I can't thank Roger Penske and (Penske Racing President) Tim Cindric and the Verizon guys enough for this. They gave me a fantastic opportunity. I'm just so happy to be a part of this team."

South Florida resident (see sidebar) Helio Castroneves also enjoyed a strong result. Castroneves claimed fifth in the No. 3 Team Penske entry.

A winner at Sonoma in 2008 for Team Penske, Castroneves started second and ran behind Power for the early part of the race before dropping a couple of spots after the first round of pit stops. He kept battling to earn his sixth Top 5 finish of the year. Castroneves remained fifth in the standings following Sunday's race, now 144 points in back of Power. Lock in your tickets now to see Castroneves, Franchitti, Patrick, Kanaan, and all of IndyCar’s best as they race for gloryOct. 1-2 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Tickets start at just $30: Call (866) 409-RACE or log on to THEChampionshipTrack.com for the best seats.

"Awesome day for Team Penske and Will Power is incredible," said Castroneves. "My hat is off to him. He did a great job of managing his tires and staying in front of the Ganassi guys. The No. 3 car was fantastic until the tires started to go away towards the end of the run. My guys gave me great stops and, as usual, it was a solid run for us. Once again, how about that Will Power?"

Power padded his championship lead over Dario Franchitti to 59 points with four races remaining, all on oval tracks. Franchitti finished third at Infineon.

"We've just got to keep going hard, we can't relax," said Power on the IndyCar’s 2010 Championship, to be decided at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Oct. 2. "We've got a bit of a buffer now going into those last four ovals, but I'm going to race like I want to win it. I'm going to be like I have been all year -- no mistakes, just get everything right."

Danica Patrick finished 16th after starting 23rd. Patrick set an IZOD IndyCar Series record with the 29th consecutive race in which she was running at the finish. Motorsports’ first lady will race at Homestead-Miami Speedway during both the IndyCar Championship Weekend (Oct. 2) and NASCAR’s Ford Championship Weekend (Nov. 20), and a special “Double the Danica” ticket package is available here. Lock in tickets to see the 2010 Champions crowned in Miami this fall by logging on to THEChampionshipTrack.com or by calling (866) 409-RACE.

"That was a frustrating way to end a tough weekend for the GoDaddy car,” said Patrick. I had a solid car throughout the race and really thought that I was going to finish in the top 10, but I got caught up with (Takuma) Sato at the end. It's hard when you have a good race but the result doesn't show."

Power and the rest of the IndyCar Series will continue to fight for the 2010 IZOD IndyCar Series Championship—to be crowned at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Oct. 2—at Chicagoland. Saturday’s race will be the first of four consecutive oval track events, including the series-crowning race at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Oct. 2. Lock in your tickets NOW to see Championship racing at Championship value: Tickets start at $30 and are available by calling (866) 409-RACE or by logging on to THEChampionshipTrack.com.

Power, meanwhile, held on to his points lead but saw his Championship margin shrink. And with just 144 points separating Power from fifth-place Castroneves, the 2010 Championship—to be crowned Oct. 2 at Homestead-Miami Speedway—is anyone’s race. Lock in your tickets now to see Castroneves, Franchitti, Patrick, Kanaan, and all of IndyCar’s best as they race for glory Oct. 1-2 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Tickets start at $30: Call (866) 409-RACE or log on to THEChampionshipTrack.com for the best seats.

Consider that the past four seasons the IndyCar title has been decided in the final race—including right here in Miami last fall, when Dario Franchitti held off Ryan Briscoe and Scott Dixon with just laps to go to win his second IndyCar Championship. The Championship pursuit continues at Chicagoland on Aug. 28 (7 p.m. ET, VERSUS TV)—Race 14 of 17 en route to the Next Era Energy Indy Championships at Homestead-Miami Speedway (Oct. 1-2). Tickets are on sale NOW; for the best seats, call (866) 409-RACE or log on to THEChampionshipTrack.com.

Open It Up: South Florida’s IndyCar Drivers

Tony Kanaan Before the Race at Infineon

“Ryan and I worked really well here this weekend and while I can't say it was an awesome day, it was a good day.”

--South Florida’s Tony Kanaan finished seventh after starting the race on older tires

The Andretti Autosport duo of Boca Raton-native Ryan Hunter-Reay and Key Biscayne resident Tony Kanaan moved up late in the race. But no one had the speed to match Will Power in Race 13 of 17 en route to the NextEra Indy Championships in Miami (Oct. 1-2).

Said Hunter-Reay, who rallied to an eighth place finish: “We really wanted to give all our guests here this weekend a performance worthy of their great support. We're capable of it, but it just wasn't meant to be this weekend."

After finishing eighth, Hunter-Reay remains in sixth place in the IndyCar Series Championship standings, which will be decided at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Oct. 2. Lock in your tickets NOW to see Championship racing at Championship value: Tickets start at just $30 and are available by calling (866) 409-RACE or by logging on to THEChampionshipTrack.com.

Kanaan, who finished seventh, began the race on older tires in order to have a fresh set of rubber for the last stint of the race.

"We started on a different strategy, so I started with an older set of tires and I suffered for it big-time on the first stint,” said Kanaan. “But, I knew it was going to pay off, having a brand new set for our last stint, and it did - probably not as much as I wanted it to, but we did what we were supposed to do."

South Beach resident Marco Andretti—Kanaan’s Andretti Autosport teammate—finished 12th at Sonoma.

"It was a long day for the Venom car. We decided early to go off sequence and we were running second for a while,” said Andretti. “I think it would have been an interesting day if our strategy had been able to work out. Things just didn't go our way today."

Despite finishing 21st, fellow South Florida-resident and reigning IndyCar Series Rookie of the Year Raphael Matos continued to find improvements by qualifying in the Top 10 at Infineon.

"That was a tough session, very tight," Matos said. "We made some really good improvements, but didn't quite have enough to make it to the Fast Six. We needed to be a little quicker on the second set of reds, but it was a good qualifying effort."

The pursuit for Miami glory continues on Aug. 28 at Chicagoland (7 p.m. ET, VERSUS TV)—Race 14 of 17 en route to the NextEra Energy Indy Championships at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Lock in your tickets now to see Championship racing at Championship value, as tickets start at just $30: Call (866) 409-RACE or log on to THEChampionshipTrack.com for the best seats.


How South Florida drivers fared in Race 13 of 17 en route to Championship Weekend in Miami:

5.   Helio Castroneves
7.   Tony Kanaan
8.   Ryan Hunter-Reay
11. Mario Moraes
12. Marco Andretti
15. Vitor Meira
19. E.J. Viso
21. Raphael Matos
22. Milka Duno

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