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WATKINS GLEN—Will Power claimed Team Penske's first IZOD IndyCar Series victory at Watkins Glen International, winning the sixth Camping World Grand Prix at The Glen.
Series points leader Power, driving the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske entry, passed his teammate Ryan Briscoe with six laps to go and held off Dario Franchitti and Briscoe for his third IZOD IndyCar Series victory of 2010.
Briscoe passed Franchitti on the final lap to help Team Penske record its first 1-2 finish since Edmonton in 2009. Brazilians Raphael Matos of de Ferran Dragon Racing and Mario Moraes of KV Racing Technology completed the top five.
In all, there were seven teams represented among the top 10 finishers in the race.
Also on July 4, French rookie J.K. Vernay strengthened his Firestone Indy Lights championship points lead with a victory in the Corning 100 at Watkins Glen International.
Vernay, driving the No. 7 Lucas Oil/CJ/Sam Schmidt Motorsports car, overtook pole sitter James Hinchcliffe entering the "Bus Stop" on Lap 19 of the 3.4-mile, 11-turn circuit and went on to his third victory of the season.
Hinchcliffe, driving the No. 2 TMR-Xtreme Coil Drilling car, finished .2135 of a second behind. Sebastian Saavedra, who won at Iowa Speedway on June 20, finished third in the No. 29 William Rast/Bryan Herta Autosport car.
•Will Power became the first driver to win this event from pole. Team Penske has won the pole each of the six years this event has taken place, but this is the team's first victory in this event.
•This is the third victory of the 2010 IZOD IndyCar Series season for Will Power. He also won the first two races of the season, at Sao Paulo and St. Petersburg.
•This is Will Power's second victory this season from pole. He also won from the top spot at St. Petersburg.
•This is Will Power's fourth career IZOD IndyCar Series victory. He has won this season at Sao Paulo, St. Petersburg and Watkins Glen. He won in 2009 at Edmonton.
•This is the first one-two finish this season for Team Penske. It's the second one-two by any team this season, as Target Chip Ganassi Racing teammates Scott Dixon and Dario Franchitti finished first and second, respectively, at Kansas. The last time Team Penske finished 1-2 was in July 2009 at Edmonton, when Will Power and Helio Castroneves finished 1-2, respectively.
•This is the fourth major open-wheel victory at Watkins Glen for Team Penske. Bobby Unser won here in 1979 in 1980 and Rick Mears in 1981 for the team in CART events. This is the team's first IZOD IndyCar Series victory at this track.
•Ryan Briscoe finished second at this event for the second consecutive year.
•This was Ryan Briscoe's third podium finish this season. He won at Texas and finished third at St. Petersburg.
•Team Penske has led at least one lap in all nine IZOD IndyCar Series events this season. No other team has led in every race.
•Dario Franchitti finished third, tying a career best at Watkins Glen. He also finished third in 2005 and 2007.
•This was Dario Franchitti's fourth podium finish of the season. He won at Indianapolis, finished second at Kansas and third at Barber Motorsports Park.
•This was the 40th IZOD IndyCar Series victory for Team Penske, extending its series record.
•Raphael Matos finished fourth, tying his IZOD IndyCar Series career best also set this season at Sao Paulo.
•Mario Moraes finished a season-best fifth. His previous best was sixth at Long Beach.
•Scott Dixon finished eighth, only his second finish outside of the top six this season. He was 18th at St. Petersburg.
•The top 10 finishers today represented seven different teams.
•Takuma Sato was the top-finishing rookie today, in 15th.
•Adam Carroll finished 16th in his IZOD IndyCar Series debut.
•Tony Kanaan finished 21st, his worst result since finishing 21st in July 2009 at Edmonton.
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Photos: Brandon Lawson and Craig S. Nelson/The Observer, REVIEW&EXPRESS

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