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7.26.11 edmonton

Will Power started second but he didn’t stay there for long before going ahead to win Sunday’s Edmonton Indy IZOD IndyCar Series race.

Power’s No. 12 Verizon Team Penske ride beat teammate Helio Castroneves across the start-finish line by 0.8089 of a second for Power’s second victory at Edmonton Centre course.

“It was so bloody hard there at the end with Helio (Castroneves) and Dario (Franchitti) pushing me along,” said Power of his fourth win of the season. “I just couldn’t gap them. It’s good for Verizon and also good for Team Penske. To finish 1-2 is really good.”

Franchitti finished third to remain atop the IZOD IndyCar Series points.

Tony Kanaan finished fouth and was followed by Justin Wilson, who finished a season-best fifth, while Sebastien Bourdais came home a season-best sixth.

“It was a good result, it was a good race and it’s great for the Geico KV Racing – Lotus crew. If felt good being out there with those guys, you know, all guys that know what they are doing like Justin, Ryan and Dario,” Kanaan said. “We had some great battles and finishing fourth after starting eleventh and on top of that having a bad pit stop is pretty rewarding, especially considering that I got back to fourth spot in the championship.

“I feel bad for my teammates because I know that all the three KV cars were supposed to be on the top five.”

Ryan Hunter-Reay and Andretti Autosport teammate Mike Conway ran seventh and eighth, respectively, followed by Danica Patrick and Ryan Briscoe, who forfeited a top-five finish for a late splash of fuel.

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