Wire-to-Wire Win for Power

Will Power

Will Power led 90 laps from the pole en route to the victory. (Photo: Getty Images)

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It was a Sunday drive for Will Power at Barber Motorsports Park.

Power led from start to finish to win the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama. He led 90 laps on his way to his first win of the IZOD IndyCar Series season and in the process took over the points lead from Dario Franchitti, who finished third.

"It was a rather relaxing day actually," Power said. "I was just cruising, but had to push, push toward the end."

Target Chip Ganassi Racing's Scott Dixon was runner-up for the second consecutive year.

"It was a tough day for us," Power said. "We cruised around and saved a bit of fuel and I gave it all I could with Will Power. I was trying to give as much pressure as I could on the restart with twenty laps to go and he just didn't give any. It was an overall good day for Target and we earned ourselves some points and this is where our season is started."

Marco Andretti, who wound up upside down on the first lap of the season opener two weeks earlier, finished fourth for Andretti Autosport.

Oriol Servia continued to impress with a fifth place for Newman/Haas Racing.

"We had a top-10 finish last week and top-five this week," Servia said. "It's only the second race but we are making big improvements every weekend. It shows what a tremendous job Newman/Haas Racing does and how hard they work."

Tony Kanaan advanced 18 positions to finish sixth and Helio Castroneves, the 2010 race winner, was seventh. Simon Pagenaud, who was filling in for the injured Ana Beatriz (broken wrist) came in eighth after starting 23rd. Simona de Silvestro earned her second consecutive top 10, while rookie Charlie Kimball recorded his first top-10 finish.

The next IZOD IndyCar Series event is the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on April 17 on the streets of Long Beach, Calif.

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