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Power wins the Inaugural Grand Prix of Baltimore

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Bristol Motor Speedway Pace Cars
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Baltimore, MD — Verizon IndyCar driver Will Power has won the inaugural Grand Prix of Baltimore in the Streets of Baltimore on Sunday. Power led 70 of the possible 75 laps.

Power also picked up 53 points in the race. He is presently just five points behind Dario Franchitti, who leads the points standings with 507.

IndyCar driver Will Power driving through the streets in the inaugural Grand Prix of Baltimore
Will Power driving through the streets in the inaugural Grand Prix of Baltimore (Photo by IndyCar)

“That was the toughest race I’ve done all year,” Power said. “I’m just exhausted, but that was a championship run.”

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He has won back-to-back races, as he also won at Sonoma on August 28th. This is Power’s sixth win on the season.

“Exactly what we need to do,” said Power. “It’s great. So to me in the championship, second means nothing, second, third, fourth, fifth, who cares, I want to win, you know? It’s a disappointment to lose out by 5 points. The whole team felt like that, we had such a lead to lose. We’re determined this year. Anything can happen, but all we can do is control what we can control and be mistake-free, be quick in every session that we need to be quick in, like qualifying and executing on race day. That’s what we’ve done for the last two races.”

Telemundo IndyCar driver Oriol Servià finished in second place in his Newman-Haas Racing car. He also picked up 40 points in the race.

“Before he (Power) came out of the pits, I knew I had to push because it was going to be close,” said Servia. “And the first lap I thought so, but I had to push a little and I was looking at my fuel mileage, and that lap that I pushed him I used more fuel than I should have. And the worst thing would be if I tried to push and then I come up short and lose fuel, so I was hoping for another yellow at the end to maybe get him, if not I knew it was his race.”

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Tony Kanaan, who was driving the Geico/Lotus IndyCar for KV Racing Technology, was the third-place finish. He received 35 points.

“It was a tough morning, good wake-up call,” said Kanaan. “Obviously it was a shame what happened, it was a human mistake in the team sport, and I’m part of that, so I’m including myself on that. He saved my life, and I’m going to owe him that for a long time. It wasn’t a fun ride this morning but we recovered from it, our backup car wasn’t here because it was already packed and ready to go to Japan. I had to get in Viso’s car, which is going to be a fight now who is going to keep that one.

“Great race, great strategy, we never gave up, took the opportunity when we could, and here we are. Now this morning, it made me think a couple of things, you know, that I usually never did. I had bad crashes in my life, including the Indianapolis one, it was huge, back a couple of years ago, but this morning I woke up and I was in a bad mood, and I was complaining about things that didn’t really matter and I think somebody wanted to tell me I have a ‘good’ one, so I have to really think about that.”

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Kellogg’s IndyCar driver Dario Franchitti, who finished fourth, also led two laps. DHL/Circle K/Sun Drop Citrus Soda IndyCar driver Ryan Hunter-Reay for Andretti Autosport also led one lap.

Nuclear Clean Air Energy IndyCar driver Simona de Silvestro for Keith Wiggins also led one lap. Guidepoint Systems IndyCar driver Ryan Briscoe for Roger Penske also led one lap.

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Seven cars did not finish the race. J.R. Hildebrand, the driver of the National Guard IndyCar for Panther Racing, finished 19th and left the race after a crash on Lap 73.

Buffalo Wild Wings IndyCar driver Mike Conway for Andretti Autosport left the race with suspension problems on lap 64 and finished in the 23rd position. James Hinchcliffe, the Sprott IndyCar driver for Newman-Haas Racing, finished 24rd after leaving the race with a handling problem on Lap 54.

All Natural Snapple IndyCar driver Marco Andretti for Andretti Autosport left the race on Lap 40 with an oil line problem and finished 25th. Giorgio Pantano, the Roll Coater IndyCar driver for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing, left the race on Lap 39 following a crash and finished 26th.

James Jakes, the driver of the Acorn Stairlifts IndyCar for Dale Coyne Racing, finished 27th after being involved in a crash on Lap 37. Sébastien Bourdais, the driver of the Boy Scouts of America IndyCar for Dale Coyne Racing, finished in the 28th position after experiencing electrical problems.

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso IIIhttps://thecapitalsportsreport.com
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the sports journalism field since 2002 and has covered numerous high-profile events, including 11 Heisman Trophy ceremonies.
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