Power wins Long Beach Grand Prix
WILL Power has proved he can win from almost anywhere on the grid after he came from the sixth row to shoot to the lead in the IndyCar Series with victory in the Long Beach Grand Prix today.
Power qualified on the front row on the grid but started from the sixth row after he and 10 other Chevrolet-powered cars were penalised 10 starting spots following unapproved engine changes.
That mattered little though as the Toowoomba driver picked off his rivals before holding out rookie Simon Pagenaud on the final lap to record his second victory of the season.
Power labelled the win, which came two weeks after he won from ninth in Alabama, as one of his best.
"We really didn't think it was possible to win from 12th place because it was a two-stop race, but never say never," he told the IndyCar website.
"Once again, good strategy with (strategist) Tim (Cindric), Dave (Faustino), my engineer, and all the boys. we overcame a 10-spot penalty.
"We ran hard when we had to. At the end there, I had to save so much fuel. We've been trying to win this race for four years and now we've done it."
Pagenaud finished less than one second behind Power, with James Hinchcliffe third.
Power's win takes him to the top of the IndyCar drivers' championship on 127 points which is 21 clear of Brazilian Helio Castroneves in second, with Pagenaud third on 100 points.
The IndyCar Series now moves to Sao Paulo, Brazil, on April 29.