Power Prevails in Brazil
By: MRN Staff on April 29, 2012 | 2:00 P.M. EST
Will Power has won three of the first four races of the season. (Photo: Getty Images)
The Team Penske driver easily cruised to his third straight win in the season’s first four races. Power’s victory was also his third consecutive victory in Brazil.
Power held off a late challenge from Ryan Hunter-Reay but was able to stay in front to score the victory.
"Ryan got a really good jump, and I had to go like you wouldn’t believe,” said Power. “Full credit to the Verizon guys, Penske and Chevrolet. We’re three for three. That was a great race. A great strategy by the team.”
Roger Penske’s team has won all four races this 2012 season. It's the first time the team has won four in a row to start the season, dating to the introduction of CART in 1979. Penske also won the first three races of the year in 2010.
Hunter-Reay was disappointed with not being able to make a stronger run for the checkered flag but pleased overall with the performance.
“I really challenged there on the outside,” said the Andretti Autosport driver. “It was a lot of fun. I’m just really happy for the Andretti guys. We’ve been right there on the podium three out of four races. I’m so happy to be on the podium going into Indy.”
Third-place finisher Takuma Sato battled back from the 25th starting spot after getting shuffled back in the starting lineup because of an unapproved engine change. He made a daring late race pass of Dario Franchitti to help set up his third-place finish.
“It was an opportunity to make a place up,” said. “I (went) for it. Really incredible job by the Rahal Letterman Lanigan team. The first three races in a row we couldn’t finish a race … fantastic.”
Helio Castroneves was fourth with Dario Franchitti finishing fifth after having recovered from an early race incident.
“Our car was very fast today,” said Franchitti. “We’re not making the fuel mileage of the Chevys, but not bad. Unfortunately I got hit and spun on the restart so that slowed me. Fifth is an improvement, but there was so much more today.”
Weather was again a concern for the race as rain came into the area, although not as hard as originally forecast.
Power leads the point standings by 45 over Castroneves.
The IZOD Indy Car Series now readies for this year’s running of the Indianapolis 500 at Sunday, May 27.