Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Briscoe takes race, Power big winner in points

SONOMA, Calif. — Ryan Briscoe got past Team Penske teammate Will Power out of a pit stop and led the final 22 laps to hold off the two-time defending Sonoma champion on Sunday for his first IndyCar victory since 2010.

"The last year was the first year that I hadn't won a race in a while," Briscoe said about 2011. "You've just got to keep plugging away, keep pushing hard."

After Power led all but six of the first 63 of 85 laps at the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma, Briscoe took over when Power got caught in traffic following a scary crash for Sebastien Bourdais and Josef Newgarden.

Both drivers apparently avoided serious injury when Bourdais, a St. Petersburg resident, lost control on cold tires and slammed Newgarden into a protective barrier. Newgarden injured his left index finger.

Chevrolet clinched the manufacturers' title in the first season of its return to IndyCar.

And Power left Sonoma in command of the championship race, ahead by 36 points after his closest pursuers had problems.

"I love to win, but we still got the points and made the most out of the situation that it was," Power said. "I can't help but be disappointed, but full congratulations to Ryan."

Ryan Hunter-Reay, second in points, finished 18th and was left fuming after Alex Tagliani spun him out with 10 laps to go. Helio Castroneves was penalized after making contact with Scott Dixon on Lap 1 and was sixth; Dixon came in 13th.

Hunter-Reay had an animated discussion after the race with Tagliani, who apologized later on Twitter.

Briscoe takes race, Power big winner in points 08/26/12 [Last modified: Sunday, August 26, 2012 10:09pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Pro Bowl returning to Orlando in 2018


    ORLANDO — The Pro Bowl will return to Orlando in 2018 for the second straight year.

    Bucs  wide receiver Mike Evans runs a route as Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. defends during the first quarter of the AFC-NFC Pro Bowl in January at Camping World Stadium in Orlando. [LOREN ELLIOTT | Times]
  2. Erasmo Ramirez makes his third start of the season.
  3. If Tony Dungy sticks around, he'll broadcast the 2021 Tampa Super Bowl for NBC


    Lost in the Super Tuesday news of the Super Bowl coming back to Tampa was this nugget:

    Pictured, from left, Dan Patrick, co-Host, Tony Dungy, studio analyst, Aaron Rodgers. [Ben Cohen/NBC]
  4. Tragedy, tenacity helped shape Ridgewood valedictorian Johannah Cummines

    Volleyball Preps

    NEW PORT RICHEY — Even if her daily routine didn't permit calories to melt off, Johannah Cummines would deserve to pick anything on the menu.

    Ridgewood High senior Johannah Cummines and mom Chenell. Cummines is headed to Florida Atlantic, where she will play beach volleyball. (Photo courtesy of Johannah Cummines)
  5. Bucs Roberto Aguayo kicks off 2017 on the wrong foot


    The goal posts still seem to be moving for Roberto Aguayo.

    The Bucs woebegone place-kicker, who is in a battle with veteran Nick Folk, went 1-for-4 in field goal tries from 35-40 yards Tuesday on a set of narrow uprights, the first day of full squad Organized Team Activities.

    If that weren’t …

    Roberto Aguayo went 1-for-4 in field goal tries from 35-40 yards Tuesday on a set of narrow uprights.