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article imageINDYCAR: Power charges to second win of the season

By John Duarte     Jun 1, 2014 in Sports
Detroit - Patience paid off for Will Power as he made his way through the field to win Race 1 of the Dual in Detroit, part of the Verizon IndyCar Series, on Saturday afternoon.
Power had started the race way back in the field, in 16th place on the grid, but worked his way steadily toward the front and taking over the lead on Lap 60. He then held off Graham Rahal, during a 10-lap sprint, to win the race by a third of a second.
“That was hard work,” Power said. “(Rahal) was really fast. I was worried, but I just kept executing good laps.”
The win is Power's second of the season. He won the opening round of the Verizon IndyCar Series, the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, on March 30.
Rahal was happy to be on the podium after a disappointing start to the 2014 season, including being the first car to drop out of the Indianapolis 500 a week ago.
“We've been fighting awfully hard to just finish where we have been finishing.” Rahal added that “to finally get a result like this, it means more than words. As we look forward (to the second Detroit race), I think we can do one better and we really learned a lot today and a lot that is going to help us.”
Finishing third was 2013 Indy 500 champion Tony Kanaan. The affable driver added that while the Belle Isle course is rough and needs work to improve it, he can't use that as an excuse as it's the same for everyone and is looking to improve on the result in the first Detroit race.
“The team did a good job, but you can't be happy with third,” Kanaan said. “I got to put that car in P1.”
Qualifying for the second Detroit race will be held Sunday morning, with the green flag dropping on the race itself at 3:30 p.m. (eastern time).
Ryan Hunter-Reay finished 16th in the first Detroit race, retains his overall lead in the Verizon IndyCar Series. Power gained 37 points on the leader and now sits only three points back of Hunter-Reay. Fifth-place finisher in Race 1 Helio Castrovenes, who started from the pole position, is in third place, 34 points behind the series leader.
The second race of the Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit will run today at the Raceway on Belle Isle, in Michigan. The race completes the first of three doubleheaders on the IndyCar schedule. The series schedule then takes the Verizon IndyCar Series west for the Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway, in Fort Worth, on June 7, 2014.
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