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Dario Franchitti wins IRL Chicagoland race on good pit strategy

Actress Ashley Judd’s husband, Dario Franchitti’s pit strategy paid off, in helping him win the IndyCar series race at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois Saturday night.

There was a caution with 31 laps to go, which allowed all leaders to make a final pit stop.

Franchitti’s crew gambled by not changing any tires during the final pit stop, gaining eight spots in the pits and sending him out in the race lead.

Actress Ashley Judd (wfe cc photo)

Dario Franchitti IRL (NASCAR photo)

It was a very rough night for IRL series points leader Will Power, who was running amongst the leaders when he abruptly went to pit road for an extra fuel stop with five laps left in the race. He ended up finishing a disappointing 16th. Franchitti was trailing Power at the start of the race by 59 points in the standings.

Rounding out the top five, Dan Wheldon came in second, followed by Marco Andretti, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Tony Kanaan.

compiled from staff & IndyCar news

Will Power wins IndyCar race at Toronto

compiled from staff, wire and IRL news

Will Power is becoming a star driver on the IndyCar circuit.

Sunday in Toronto, he played the aggressor when needed and the play-it-safe game to win the wreck-filled Honda Indy Toronto race.

Will Power wins fourth race (courtesy of IRL)

The IndyCar points leader drove patiently early and passed up Justin Wilson on the outside off a restart with 14 laps to go, then held off a hard-charging Dario Franchitti for his second straight victory and fourth of the 2010 season.

Power finished 1.2757 seconds ahead of Franchitti, the winner of the 2009 race in Toronto.

The rest of the finishers included: Ryan Hunter-Reay third, Tony Kanaan was fourth, Graham Rahal finished fifth and the Danica Patrick finished sixth.

Patrick was pleased finishing sixth. She is making progress as this was her best result on the road courses this year.

Dixon as usual wins at Kansas Speedway

compiled from staff, wire and IndyCar Series notes

Scott Dixon had to make very few changes during pit stops on Saturday and cruised to his second straight IndyCar Series win at Kansas Speedway, placing himself atop the list of favorites for the upcoming race on the bricks, the Indianapolis 500.

Loose early in the race and fast the rest of the way, Dixon rarely was threatened the whole race. He led the final 150 of the 200 laps on the 1.5-mile oval and finished more than 3 seconds ahead of runner-up Dario Franchitti.

Scott Dixon (IRL)

Dixon takes the early lead in IndyCar’s new oval championship and becomes a front-runner for the Indy 500, a race he won in 2008. He’s also the second straight repeat winner at Kansas, giving Target Chip Ganassi Racing four straight wins following Dan Wheldon’s 2008 defense.

Dixon opened the season with a sixth in Brazil, followed by a disappointing 18th at St. Petersburg with two top-five finishes, including a runner-up to Ryan Hunter-Reay in Long Beach two weeks ago.

Back on the Kansas City, Kansas oval, where he is comfortable, Dixon has finished in the top four each of the past five races.

Hunter-Reay wins Long Beach IndyCar race; Power has gear mishap

compiled by staff, wire and IRL reports

Will Power was his usual self driving along as the pole sitter early in the race and tried to shift out of first gear to round a corner when the gear got stuck and he had to go to the pits. That mishap gave the lead to eventual winner Ryan Hunter-Reay and Justin Wilson room to take control of the race.

Ryan Hunter-Reay is the 2010 winner of the Grand Prix of Long Beach race. Hunter-Reay was the first American to win an IndyCar race at Long Beach since team owner Micheal  Andretti did in 2002.

Ryan Hunter-Reay (IRL)

Defending champion Dario Franchitti was never a factor, starting and finishing 12th.

Will Power’s consolation is that he still has the points lead headed into the oval portion of the IndyCar season, 42 points ahead of Helio Castroneves after finishing third at  Long Beach.

The hottest driver on the circuit, Power has yet to finish out of the top 5 this season, winning the opening two races in Brazil and Florida, finishing fourth at Alabama. The Australian also has a streak of three straight poles, one off the IRL record. The next two races are Kansas on May 1 and the Indianapolis 500 later in the Month.

Will Power is the IRL pole for the third straight

compiled from staff, wire and IRL info

It seems everytime the Indy Racing League has a race, Will Power is on the pole.

Well, he is again for the third straight race.

Powering his way through a bumpy, tight-turned course that left many drivers breathless, Power earned his third straight Indy Racing League pole at the Grand Prix of Long Beach on Saturday.

Will Power (IRL)

A two-time winner already this season, Power worked his way around the 11-turn, 1.968-mile temporary street course through downtown Long beach in 1 minute, 9,318.5 seconds to finish just ahead of Ryan Hunter-Reay.

Power has made it look easy in 2010 and his opponents are wondering if they’re ever going to catch him.

Power, a 29-year-old Australian worked his way in at Team Penske last season while Helio Castroneves went through a tax evasion case, driving well enough the team gave him five more races. Power finished in the top 10 in every race, but a practice crash in Sonoma left him with a broken back and an uncertain futrue.

Impressed by Power’s talents and prowess, Team Penske gave him a full-time ride for this season, an opportunity he’s fully taken advantage of.

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