Will Power's First Celebration At The 38th Toyota Grand Prix Of Long Beach - Page 3
Power added that the team effort is spread across the organization, which has swept the three races (Castroneves winning the season opener on the streets of St. Petersburg). The Long Beach IndyCar Series win was Team Penske's first since 2001, when Castroneves prevailed.
"I think it's just that they've been probably one of the best prepared with the new car," Power said. "We did a lot of miles (since manufacturer testing began in November). Chevy has worked very hard, and obviously our first hit of the year ‑‑ obviously the 10‑spot grid penalty was a precautionary thing and didn't affect us too badly.
"To me, it has been hard work. I think my guys feel very confident no matter where we start now that it's always possible."
A hand thrust through the air by former ChamCar World Series driver Will Power denotes the joy of winning (for the second time) the grand dame of all American open-wheel temporary street course races - the 38th Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Image Credit: Myles Regan (2012)
By The Numbers - Race #3 On The Streets Of Long Beach:
Some numbers to note following the 38th Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, the third of sixteen events planned for the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series season.
0 - Lotus-powered cars on the podium in the 2012 season.
1 - Wins at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach by a Chevy-powered DW12
2 - Wins by Will Power at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach in a turbo-charged car — one in a CCWS Panoz DP-01 and one in the Chevy-powered DW12.
3 - Drivers who have finished in the top 10 in each of the first three IZOD IndyCar Series events: Will Power, James Hinchcliffe and Simon Pagenaud.
5 - Different teams represented in the top five in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.
7 - Different teams represented in the top 10 in the IZOD IndyCar Series standings.
9 - Lead changes in each of the first three race of the season. Percentage points increase in viewership on NBC Sports Network (formally Versus) over the same number of races in 2011.
11 - Positions gained from race start and consecutive races led by Will Power dating to 2011.
11.5 - Average starting position for Will Power in his two wins in 2012.
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13 - Positions gained by James Hinchcliffe in securing P3 podium position standing with Simon Pagenaud - P2 and Will Power - P1.