Will Power Gives the Chevrolet V-6 IndyCar Third Victory of the Season

Maximizing a two-pit stop race strategy called by race strategist Tim Cindric, Will Power, No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, took the lead on lap 70 of the 85-lap Grand Prix of Long Beach Indy and never looked back. It was the second IZOD IndyCar Series victory for Power in as many weeks and the third consecutive win for Roger Penske’s Team Penske in the young 2012 season.

“After last week you can never say never,” said Power from the Winner’s Circle.  “I thought it would be very tough to win the race.  Once again good strategy we ran hard when we had to run hard.  The end there we had to save so much fuel to get there, but I’m so happy for the Verizon guys and the Chevy guys.  We worked hard we got a penalty and we overcame it.  I’ve been trying to win this race for four years and now I’ve done it. That was just one of my best wins, I love it.”
Power’s trip to Victory Lane gave the Chevrolet V-6 Indy car its third win of the season.

Following today’s win, Chris Berube, Chevrolet Racing IZOD IndyCar Series Program Manager said: “Today's four of the top-five including the victory and seven of the top-10 finishes by our Chevrolet V-6 IndyCar teams in the Grand Prix of Long Beach Indy is a testimony to the determination, talent and spirit of cooperation of Team Chevy in the IZOD IndyCar Series.

"Each one of our Chevrolet teams and drivers put forth their best effort to overcome the adversity of their starting positions. It was an amazing race to watch and a great show for the fans.

"Congratulations to Will Power on his second win of the season and to Roger Penske on his third victory this year."

James Hinchcliffe, No. 27 Team GoDaddy.com Andretti Autosport Chevrolet, stood in the third spot on the podium, his first of the season, at the 1.968-mile, 11-turn street course.

Tony Kanaan, NO. 11 Mouser Electronics | GEICO – KV Racing Technology Chevrolet, garnered his best finish of the season, taking the checkered flag in fourth position.

JR Hildebrand, No. 4 National Guard Panther Racing Chevrolet, completed the top-five, also scoring his best finish of the year.

Completing the Chevrolet drivers in the top-10 finishing positions were: Ryan Hunter-Reay, No. 28 Team DHL/Sun Drop Citrus Soda Andretti Autosport Chevrolet - Sixth; Ryan Briscoe, No. 2 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet – Seventh And Rubens Barrichello, No. 8 BMC | Embrase – KV Racing Technology Chevrolet – ninth.

After a week off, the Series heads to Sao Paulo, Brazil for the running April 29, 2012 running of the Sao Paulo Indy 300.