Will Power won the 2013 GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma, overcoming a loaded field and brutal conditions on the track.
With his victory, Power put an end to what had been a frustrating, season-long losing streak, as noted by IZOD IndyCar Series:
The race was highlighted by multiple drive-through penalties, spin-outs and yellow flags, as noted by Phil Barber of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, who pointed out in the early goings that this normally "boring" race was far from it on Sunday:
Covering #IndyCar race at Sonoma today. Reputation = boring, but this one full of spin-outs. At least 4 penalties issued in first 30 laps.— Phil Barber (@Skinny_Post) August 25, 2013
Things got so hairy for a while that Andretti Autosport tweeted an apology to its fans, and Greg Beacham of the Associated Press quipped about the race resembling something he's used to seeing locally on the 405 freeway:
Sorry, guys! Every time we go to tweet an update, there's another incident! Currently P8 MA, P17 RHR, P19 JH, P22 EJ. #GoProGrandPrix— Andretti Autosport (@FollowAndretti) August 25, 2013
Crazy passing, multiple spinouts, debris on road, angry drivers. This @IndyCar race in Sonoma is turning into an average Sunday on the 405.— Greg Beacham (@gregbeacham) August 25, 2013
Yeah, it was ugly, but one thing the race wasn't was boring.
Here's a look at how the top drivers fared on Sunday at Sonoma.
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Full results at IndyCar.com
Thankfully, the drivers started getting comfortable with the track in the second half of the race, which ended up becoming quite entertaining after the early destruction this brutal track caused.
But that doesn't mean there wasn't a few dustups along the way.
Scott Dixon led the action near the halfway mark, as noted by NBCSportsPR, but Tony Kanaan, who's led at Sonoma five times in his career, snatched the lead shortly after—the third race in a row in which he'd been a leader, as noted by IndyCar PR:
Keeping with the crazy nature of Sunday's race, by the time 55 laps had been completed six different drivers had led the race, which was a new record for the event, as noted by IZOD IndyCar Series:
Dixon ended up getting in trouble in the latter stages of the race, but it wasn't the brutal turn No. 8 that did him in.
With the lead in hand, Dixon was making his way through pit row and ended up hitting a member of Will Power's pit crew in one of the scariest moments on the afternoon. As noted by IndyCar PR, Dixon was assessed a drive-through penalty for his actions, which was a huge blow to him and his team:
#9 Dixon and #5 Viso have been assessed a drive-through penalty on Lap 71 for pit safety violations.— INDYCAR PR (@INDYCARPR) August 25, 2013
The biggest beneficiary of the ruling was Power, who took the lead following the restart on Lap 70 and pushed the pace in the race's final laps.
Heading into the final laps, Power had built up a two-second lead over Justin Wilson and pole-sitter Dario Franchitti, but it wasn't one he could easily hold on to, thanks to another yellow flag that led to a frenetic restart on Lap 82.
However, the Australian star wouldn't be denied, and he pulled out to another big lead in the final laps. In the end, Power won the crazy race by just over one second.
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Now a 17-time winner on the IZOD IndyCar tour, Power's win was likely a huge weight off his shoulders.
Despite the fact that he'd been the pole-sitter three times in 2013 and had posted excellent qualifying times in nearly every event entered, Power hadn't been able to put it all together on race days this season before winning at Sonoma.
It's safe to say that his cold streak has finally met its end, however, and Power celebrated in style, as illustrated by IZOD IndyCar Series:
Power and many of the other IndyCar drivers will now turn their attention to the Grand Prix of Baltimore, which takes place in the streets of Baltimore on Sunday, Sept. 1.
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