WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. — Say goodbye to the Penske jinx at Watkins Glen International.
Team Penske drivers Helio Castroneves and Ryan Briscoe had combined to win the first five poles since IndyCar began racing at the storied road course, but neither had won. Will Power changed that with a dominant victory from the pole position in Sunday's Camping World Grand Prix, leading 45 of 60 laps over the 11-turn, 3.4-mile layout.
"I just gave it everything I've got," said Power, who swept the first two races of the season, including St. Petersburg, but hadn't won since. " … It's the first race I pushed the whole way."
Power beat Briscoe by 1.2 seconds, and Dario Franchitti finished third.
Power, the only multiple winner this year, leads Franchitti by 32 points in the standings.
After the second and final full-course caution, Power was beaten out of the pits by Briscoe and was second when the race went green on Lap 43.
It didn't take Power long to regain the top spot. He passed Briscoe on the next lap.
Franchitti passed Briscoe for second at the same spot two laps later, but Briscoe passed him back entering the first turn, a 90-degree right-hander, of the final lap.
Raphael Matos and Mario Moraes rounded out the top five. After one week driving in NASCAR, Danica Patrick finished 20th, one spot ahead of where she started.
Castroneves, who started second, and Scott Dixon made contact on Lap 7, forcing both to pit to fix the damage. Dixon finished eighth, Castroneves ninth.