IndyCar: Will Power Takes Long Beach and Chevy Is Undefeated in 2012

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IndyCar: Will Power Takes Long Beach and Chevy Is Undefeated in 2012
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Another podium for Will Power.

The 2012 Long Beach Grand Prix  had a little something for everyone. You had Will Power overcoming starting in 12th place to win in a dramatic finish just ahead of his former teammate Simon Pagenaud, who finished a close second—to be be exact 0.8675 seconds in the 85-lap race.

For Power it was his second straight after winning in Alabama and it is now onto Brazil, where has been dominate. It also was the third win in a row for Team Penske and the Chevrolet engine that has made a very successful return to the IndyCar Series.   

There were plenty of accidents and penalties that cost Helio Castroneves and Ryan Hunter-Reay any chance of challenging. Both was penalized, Hunter-Reay for 30 seconds after spinning Takuma Sato out of third with one lap remaining. Like Hunter-Reay, Castroneves was penalized 30 seconds for setting off the Lap 85 melee.

Lost in all of this madness was a fine race run by James Hinchcliffe, who did a good job of driving the 85 laps around the challenging Long Beach race course, staying out of trouble and putting himself in contention to make it to the podium.

Next up, they head to Brazil for the April 29 race—the Sao Paulo Indy 300—yet another street race.

Here is how everyone finished at Long Beach:

Race Results
POS DRIVER CAR MANUFACTURER LAPS   START LED PTS  
1 Will Power 12 Chevrolet 85   12 15 50

2 Simon Pagenaud 77 Honda 85   4 26 42

3 James Hinchcliffe 27 Chevrolet 85   16 0 35

4 Tony Kanaan 11 Chevrolet 85   19 0 32

5 JR Hildebrand 4 Chevrolet 85   20 0 30

6 Ryan Hunter-Reay 28 Chevrolet 85   13 4 28

7 Ryan Briscoe 2 Chevrolet 85   11 5 27

8 Takuma Sato 15 Honda 84   6 16 24

9 Rubens Barrichello 8 Chevrolet 84   22 0 22

10 Justin Wilson 18 Honda 84   3 15 20

11 James Jakes 19 Honda 84   14 0 19

12 E.J. Viso 5 Chevrolet 84   15 0 18

13 Helio Castroneves 3 Chevrolet 84   18 0 17

14 Ed Carpenter 20 Chevrolet 83   24 0 16

15 Dario Franchitti 10 Honda 82   1 4 15

16 Oriol Servia 22 Lotus 82   23 0 14

17 Sebastien Bourdais 7 Lotus 82   25 0 13

18 Charlie Kimball 83 Honda 80   9 0 12

19 Katherine Legge 6 Lotus 80   26 0 12

20 Simona De Silvestro 78 Lotus 74   17 0 12

21 Alex Tagliani 98 Lotus 46   10 0 12

22 Mike Conway 14 Honda 41   7 0 12

23 Scott Dixon 9 Honda 27   5 0 12

24 Graham Rahal 38 Honda 23   8 0 12

25 Marco Andretti 26 Chevrolet 22   21 0 10

26 Josef Newgarden 67 Honda 0   2 0 10

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