Will Power made it three wins from three races at Alabama with victory at Barber Motorsports Park

Will Power chose to do not as most others did in terms of race strategy, and used slick pit work to move through the field to win the Honda Grand Prix of Alabama yesterday.

Team Penske were switched on in the pit lane during Power’s scheduled pit stops, getting the Aussie back out on track very quickly to maximise his track position while others made slower pitstops.

Most of the field started the race on the red-sidewalled option tyres, but Power chose to run his first stint on the primary blacks as race rules state that in a dry event, all cars must run a stint on both tyre types at some point of the race.

And with 16 laps to go, after gradually climbing through the field thanks to running the middle stint on the faster reds while most of his rivals were now forced to be on the blacks, Power made his move on Scott Dixon for the lead, and once done, it was over and out from Power.

For the second race in succession, the field made it through Turn 1 unscathed, but by the fourth corner, Alex Tagliani driving for Bryan Herta Motorsport rolled to a gentle stop with engine problems and was unable to move off the circuit, bringing out the first caution period of the day.

Castroneves kept himself out of trouble all afternoon, and was the unlucky victim of slightly better pit work by the Ganassi team on Scott Dixon’s first pit stops which cost him the lead. Castroneves eventually finished in third place.

Rubens Barrichello finished eighth in just his second IndyCar race Bourdais claimed a well-deserved top-ten finish
Barrichello finished an impressive eighth in his second IndyCar race, while Bourdais drove heroically to finish tenth as the best-placed Lotus-powered runner. It was a result far exceeding many people’s expectations given Lotus’ troubled pre-season

Rubens Barrichello scored a much better finish than many expected him to already be fighting for so early in his IndyCar career, scoring a more than respectable eighth place finish.

Overall, it was a clean race, with only Takuma Sato and Charlie Kimball failing to finish in addition to the first lap stoppage by Tagliani, with the Rahal and Ganassi drivers suffering from mechanical gremlins.

In two weeks, the IndyCar series heads west to the iconic Long Beach street circuit where battle will resume as fast and ferocious as ever.

2012 Indy Grand Prix of Alabama – Final Classification (90 laps):

No. Driver   Entrant Engine Laps Result
1. Will Power AUS Team Penske Chevrolet 90 2:01:40.1127
2. Scott Dixon NZL Chip Ganassi Racing Honda 90 + 3.3709
3. Hélio Castroneves BRA Team Penske Chevrolet 90 + 19.1150
4. Graham Rahal USA Chip Ganassi Racing Honda 90 + 19.3395
5. Simon Pagenaud (R) FRA Schmidt Hamilton Honda 90 + 20.1050
6. James Hinchcliffe CAN Andretti Autosport Chevrolet 90 + 23.3093
7. Mike Conway GBR AJ Foyt Enterprises Honda 90 + 24.5552
8. Rubens Barrichello BRA KV Racing Technology Chevrolet 90 + 25.4023
9. Sébastien Bourdais FRA Lotus-Dragon Racing Lotus 90 + 27.1815
10. Dario Franchitti GBR Chip Ganassi Racing Honda 90 + 32.7377
11. Marco Andretti USA Andretti Autosport Chevrolet 90 + 33.5038
12. Ryan Hunter-Reay USA Andretti Autosport Chevrolet 90 + 35.8730
13. Oriol Servià ESP Dreyer & Reinbold Lotus 90 + 37.8944
14. Ryan Briscoe AUS Team Penske Chevrolet 90 + 41.6742
15. JR Hildebrand USA Panther Racing Chevrolet 90 + 44.5059
16. James Jakes GBR Dale Coyne Racing Honda 90 + 54.5343
17. Josef Newgarden (R) USA Sarah Fisher Hartman Honda 90 + 1:00.6182
18. EJ Viso VEN KV Racing Technology Chevrolet 89 1 lap behind
19. Justin Wilson GBR Dale Coyne Racing Honda 89 1 lap behind
20. Simona de Silvestro SUI Lotus-HVM Racing Lotus 89 1 lap behind
21. Tony Kanaan BRA KV Racing Technology Chevrolet 89 1 lap behind
22. Ed Carpenter USA Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet 88 2 laps behind
23. Katherine Legge (R) GBR Lotus-Dragon Racing Lotus 85 5 laps behind
DNF. Takuma Sato JPN Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda 52 Mechanical
DNF. Charlie Kimball USA Chip Ganassi Racing Honda 45 Mechanical
DNS. Alex Tagliani CAN Lotus-BHA Lotus 0 Engine

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