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Not as easy as it looked, says Power

Kanaan's fourth place finish came at the expense of Ryan Briscoe, who had been running in that position until the penultimate lap when he suddenly had to make a dive for pit lane for a splash-and-dash.

"We didn't get a full fill on the yellow stop so we ran short on fuel and had to pit at the end," he explained. "We really needed a yellow flag to make it and we just didn't get it. It's too bad ... . We had some awesome battles with Helio and Wilson. It's just a little disappointing that we had a top-five car but we finished 10th."

And overall, the new Edmonton circuit layout seemed a hit with the drivers, even if Justin Wilson admitted that "I prefer the old one because it was a driver's race track, a lot more fun to drive."

Franchitti was in some agreement with Wilson. "[The new layout] certainly produces more passing than the old track, but it's maybe taken some of the character out," he said. "There's some really fast ... very aggressive corners. You had to really hang on. This is more of a technical track the whole way. Almost as physical, though, because it's so easy to make a mistake you're on edge the whole time.

"I thought the infrastructure, the grandstands and everything offered great viewing points it looked like for the fans. The promoter did a good job of that. Looked like a good crowd, as usual, enthusiastic.

"I'd like a couple of changes: a slightly longer straight and a fast corner," suggested Franchitti.

"Maybe Turn 13, instead of where it is right now, it could be a little bit further," added Castroneves. "And instead of a first gear, it could be something more with a second or third gear even. So that means you do create opportunities for passing, you know. That would be the only thing, I guess."

"We do tend to moan as drivers!" admitted Franchitti light-heartedly as the post-race press conference wrapped up, and the IndyCar road show headed on to Mid-Ohio for the next road course race in two weeks time.

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Takuma Sato leads Scott Dixon and the rest of the field into turn 1 at Edmonton. [Photo credit: Shawn Gritzmacher for IndyCar Media]
Takuma Sato leads Will Power through turn 1 at Edmonton. [Photo credit: Shawn Gritzmacher for IndyCar Media]
Takuma Sato leads a crowded field into the first corner at the start of the Edmonton Indy. [Photo credit: Daniel Incandela for IndyCar Media]
Ryan Hunter-Reay and Oriol Servia run side by side through turn 1 followed by Helio Castroneves at Edmonton [Photo credit: Shawn Gritzmacher for IndyCar Media]
Will Power, driver of the #12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet IndyCar V6, races to a fourteenth-place finish Saturday, July 13, 2014 at the Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa. Power lost the championship points lead to teammate Helio Castroneves, driver of the #3 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet IndyCar V6, who finished eighth. (Photo by Dan Streck/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Tony Kanaan, driver of the #10 TNT Energy Drink Ganassi Racing Chevrolet V6, races to a third-place finish Saturday, July 12, 2014 at the Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa. Helio Castroneves, driver of the #3 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet V6, takes over the championship points lead with an eighth-place finish. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Scott Dixon, driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, races teammate Tony Kanaan, driver of the #10 TNT Energy Drink Ganassi Racing Chevrolet V6, Saturday, July 12, 2014 at the Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa. Dixon won the pole and finished in fourth-place. Kanaan led for most of the race and finished third. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Helio Castroneves, driver of the #3 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet V6, took over the championship points lead with an eighth-place finish Saturday, July 12, 2014 at the Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa. (Photo by Brett Moist/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan lead the pack at the start of the Iowa Corn Indy 300 (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Incident between Mikhail Aleshin and Takuma Sato bring out the first yellow flag of the Iowa Corn Indy 300 (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Incident between Mikhail Aleshin and Takuma Sato bring out the first yellow flag of the Iowa Corn Indy 300 (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay celebrates (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay gets a new ride (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay celebrates (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay with the winner`s trophy (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay celebrates (Photo by: Shawn Gritzmacher for IndyCar Media)
Helio Castroneves, driver of the #3 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet IndyCar V6, qualifies third Friday, July 11, 2014 for Saturday`s race at the Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa.  (Photo by Brett Moist/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Ryan Briscoe (left), driver of the #8 NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, talks with teammate Tony Kanaan, driver of the #10 TNT Energy Drink Ganassi Racing Chevrolet V6, during qualifying Friday, July 11, 2014 for Saturday`s race at the Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa. Briscoe qualified fourth, Kanaan second and teammate Scott Dixon, driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6 won the pole. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)

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