It may have been July 4th but at Watkins Glen it was Australia Day as Will Power led home fellow Aussie Ryan Briscoe to win the latest round of the 2010 Indycar series.
Power passed Briscoe with six laps to go to take out his third IZOD IndyCar Series victory of 2010.
Briscoe passed Dario Franchitti on the final lap to help Team Penske record its first 1-2 finish since Edmonton in 2009. Brazilians Raphael Matos of de Ferran Dragon Racing and Mario Moraes of KV Racing Technology completed the top five.
Power said after the race that he was determined to win the race after such a strong qualifying effort.
“I can’t stand when you’re the quickest in qualifying and then you have a bad race. Honestly, it was the first race that I pushed on every single lap. Never once that I didn’t push. he said.
“It was just a difficult race, but it was great. I loved it.”
Briscoe was also strong most weekend but conceded that there was little he could do to beat his team-mate.
“Will was strong.” said Briscoe. “It was a little bit frustrating, but with the downforce I was able to look after my red tires a bit more than Dario (Franchitti). He was hanging on for dear life at the end, and thankfully his went off about a lap sooner than mine did so I was able to get him. It’s a great way to bring home a Penske one-two.”
The win was Power’s fourth career IndyCar Series victory. He has won this season at Sao Paulo, St. Petersburg and Watkins Glen. He won in 2009 at Edmonton.
The Queensland driver continues to lead the series on 327 points from Franchitti 295, Scott Dixon
287 and Briscoe on 280.
The 2010 IZOD IndyCar Series season continues July 18 with the Honda Indy Toronto on Streets of Toronto, Canada. The race will be telecast live across the USA in High Definition at 12:30 p.m. (ET) by ABC. The race will air live on the IMS Radio Network, XM channel 145 and Sirius channel 212. The race also will be carried on www.indycar.com.
Sadly there is no free to air coverage in Australian but viewers with Foxtel Pay TV can watch via ESPN.