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Will Power takes key win at Watkins Glen

At the restart, Power dispatched Briscoe with breathtaking efficiency down the back straightaway and into the bus stop chicane to retake the lead, and a couple of laps later Franchitti pulled off a near-identical move at the same spot on Briscoe to claim second and push the poor Aussie down to third place. Further back Ryan Hunter-Reay was using all his power boost to climb to eighth, while Scott Dixon was on a determined charge to make up lost ground and swiftly passed Romancini and Mutoh to return to the top ten, as racing got serious: with no more pit stops to strategize over, all the talking had to be done on the track, and the drivers were going for it.

It looked like we were set for a final duel between Power and Franchitti for the win, but it didn't happen: instead, Franchitti's handling started to go away dramatically as his tyres degraded badly, leaving him hanging on for dear life ahead of Briscoe. Finally the inevitable happened - Franchitti ran wide at the end of the penultimate lap, onto the kerbing, and the brief loss of power was all Briscoe needed to slingshot past him on the start-finish straight as the white flag came out. Franchitti had to settle for third.

That left it a Power-Briscoe victory, a Penske 1-2 that shattered the team's mild "jinx" on this circuit. It provided a neat Aussie 1-2 as well, but more importantly it was another huge step forward for Will Power, who is building what is looking to be an unassailable lead in the 2010 IndyCar championship.



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