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The IndyCar Series celebrated the Independence Day holiday at the Glen, with the running of the 2010 Camping World Grand Prix in Watkins Glen, New York. This race signaled a return to road courses for the IRL after four oval runs in a row. Heading into Watkins Glen, Penske's Will Power held the overall and road course points leads in the championship standings with Target Chip Ganassi's Scott Dixon in second overall, but first in the oval championship. Dixon had won the last three-in-a-row at Watkins Glen, though, so Power shouldn't have expected to pull ahead of his closest rival too easily after this round of the championship.

Saturday's qualifying showed that Power and his Penske teammates were still the team to beat, Will claiming yet another Peak Performance Pole Position and stablemates Helio Castroneves and Ryan Briscoe qualifying second and third. It set up an interesting Fourth of July race, with Power having a bit of a buffer between him and the other title chasers – not that Helio or Briscoe were going to just hand Will the win.

Follow the jump to see how the 2010 Camping World Grand Prix at The Glen played out.


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Power was on pole, giving Penske its sixth pole position in six IRL races at The Glen and its series record tying eighth in a row for the season. Reading down the starting order, fans of IndyCar racing may have been a bit surprised to see a familiar but recently absent name on the grid – former champion Paul Tracy had signed a late deal with the Dreyer & Reinbold Racing team and in his first race back he had managed to qualify 12th. Two spots ahead of him on the grid was Adam Carroll, who had caught the attention of Team Andretti's namesake, Michael Andretti, while competing for Ireland in the World Cup of Motorsports and had been signed for a limited schedule in the second half of the 2010 season.


At the start of the race, the field strung out fairly cleanly, with a few close calls and some three-wide action but no contact anywhere through the running order. Power stayed in front but Briscoe and Castroneves swapped spots a couple of times as did several others behind them. It was good, clean racing for the most part until Lap 6 when Helio and Scott Dixon got a little too close for comfort, the former pitting with a flat left rear and the latter sporting an upturned right front wing. Both pitted and were out quickly. The replay seemed to show Scott making his passing move a fraction of a second too soon coming out of a turn and just touching Helio's tire.

The front three of Power, Briscoe and Franchitti were steadily pulling away from the pack, but Sato was moving up, as was Paul Tracy, who had a few fun laps dicing with Kanaan and Ryan Hunter-Reay. RHR had a renewed contract and new sponsorship from Dr. Pepper for this race. Tracy was showing a bit of rust, though, and got the worst of those encounters, nearly taking out a hard-charging Adam Carroll a couple of laps later. Just as the leaders were thinking of having to make their first round of pits under green, the yellow flew on Lap 17 as Dan Wheldon pirouetted following a tap by Alex Lloyd. No real damage but the car had come to rest right in the middle of the track.



The pits opened on Lap 19 and as the cars came back out it was Power in front, followed by Briscoe, Franchitti, Raphael Matos, Mario Moraes, Sato, Kanaan, Marco Andretti, Hideki Mutoh and Carroll in the top ten spots. Check that, that group was now tucked in behind 4 cars that had opted to stay out during the yellow. Scott Dixon was now in the lead, followed by the amazing E.J. Viso, who started the race in last place following a qualifying crash that left him with no posted time. Behind them was Alex Tagliani and Helio Castroneves, who along with Dixon had pitted earlier following their on-track incident.

Mario Romancini had his own little spin a couple of laps later but kept it going. The only news to come out of that moment was that Danica Patrick had to make an evasive maneuver to avoid him, putting two wheels into the dirt but soldiering on with no ill effects. Alex Lloyd lost his steering by the halfway point, making him the race's first casualty. Simona de Silvestro became the second when she lost it and went off into the barrier. She took the blame for it, saying she was just pushing a bit too hard following the earlier yellow.



The ensuing pitstops set the order for the final stint to the checkered flag, with Briscoe out front followed by Power, Franchitti, Matos, Wheldon, Moraes, Kanaan, Andretti, Hunter-Reay, Mutoh, Romancini, Dixon, Castroneves, Justin Wilson, Viso, Carroll, Sato, Tagliani, Patrick, Tracy, Vitor Meira, Bertrand Baguette and the terminally slow Milka Duno, who was three laps down. Wilson timed the restart a bit better and managed to parlay it into a pass for the lead soon after, his teammate settling in behind him with 16 to go.


Two laps later it was Dario Franchitti who got the best of Briscoe, the Scot starting his final charge for the lead. The laps ticked away, but Dario just couldn't reel in Power. Pushing as hard as he could, Franchitti made an uncharacteristic mistake with just a lap to go and Ryan Briscoe took advantage of it to move past into second once more. But Will Power was unchallenged out front, cruising home to his third win of the season and giving Penske its first win in six IRL races at Watkins Glen.



The win extended Power's points lead for the season, with Franchitti moving into second ahead of Dixon, followed by Briscoe and Castroneves. The drivers get a week off before the series heads to Toronto on July 18.

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Qualifying:
QP Car Driver Sponsor Team Time Speed
1 12 Will Power Verizon Team Penske Verizon Team Penske 1:29.3164 135.832
2 3 Helio Castroneves Team Penske Team Penske 1:29.4609 135.612
3 6 Ryan Briscoe Team Penske Team Penske 1:29.9346 134.898
4 10 Dario Franchitti Energizer Target Chip Ganassi Racing 1:29.9601 134.860
5 5 Takuma Sato (R) Lotus-KV Racing Technology KV Racing Technology 1:30.1410 134.589
6 22 Justin Wilson Team Z-Line Designs/DRR Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 1:30.2667 134.402
7 9 Scott Dixon Target Chip Ganassi Racing Target Chip Ganassi Racing 1:30.1389 134.592
8 26 Marco Andretti Team Venom Energy Andretti Autosport 1:30.2042 134.495
9 32 Mario Moraes KV Racing Technology KV Racing Technology 1:30.2644 134.405
10 27 Adam Carroll Team Boost Mobile AFS Andretti Autosport 1:30.4886 134.072
11 2 Raphael Matos HP Luczo Dragon Luczo Dragon/de Ferran Mtrsprts 1:30.5276 134.014
12 24 Paul Tracy Honda Indy Toronto Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 1:30.8414 133.551
13 11 Tony Kanaan Team 7-Eleven Andretti Autosport 1:31.1934 133.036
14 06 Hideki Mutoh Formula Dream/Panasonic Newman/Haas Racing 1:31.1723 133.067
15 78 Simona de Silvestro (R) Team Stargate Worlds/HVM HVM Racing 1:31.3268 132.842
16 37 Ryan Hunter-Reay Ethanol USA - IZOD Andretti Autosport 1:31.4333 132.687
17 14 Vitor Meira ABC Supply Co./A.J. Foyt Racing A.J. Foyt Enterprises 1:31.4088 132.722
18 34 Mario Romancini (R) Conquest Racing Conquest Racing 1:31.5797 132.475
19 77 Alex Tagliani FAZZT Race Team FAZZT Race Team 1:31.5218 132.559
20 4 Dan Wheldon National Guard Panther Racing Panther Racing 1:31.5988 132.447
21 7 Danica Patrick Team GoDaddy.com Andretti Autosport 1:31.5329 132.543
22 19 Alex Lloyd (R) Boy Scouts of America Dale Coyne Racing 1:33.9832 129.087
23 36 Bertrand Baguette (R) Conquest Racing RACB Conquest Racing 1:32.1888 131.600
24 18 Milka Duno CITGO Dale Coyne Racing 1:40.4911 120.727
25 8 E.J. Viso PDVSAJet AviationKVRT KV Racing Technology No time No speed

Finishing Order:
FP Car Driver Team Laps Time Status Points
1 12 Will Power Team Penske 60 01:40:27.4391 Running 53
2 6 Ryan Briscoe Team Penske 60 01:40:28.6572 Running 40
3 10 Dario Franchitti Target Chip Ganassi Racing 60 01:40:30.1145 Running 35
4 2 Raphael Matos de Ferran Dragon Racing 60 01:40:35.4599 Running 32
5 32 Mario Moraes KV Racing Technology 60 01:40:36.7620 Running 30
6 4 Dan Wheldon Panther Racing 60 01:40:37.1914 Running 28
7 37 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport 60 01:40:37.9394 Running 26
8 9 Scott Dixon Target Chip Ganassi Racing 60 01:40:39.4937 Running 24
9 3 Helio Castroneves Team Penske 60 01:40:40.4225 Running 22
10 22 Justin Wilson Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 60 01:40:41.0026 Running 20
11 8 E.J. Viso KV Racing Technology 60 01:40:46.1982 Running 19
12 06 Hideki Mutoh Newman/Haas Racing 60 01:40:47.6670 Running 18
13 26 Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport 60 01:40:54.1356 Running 17
14 24 Paul Tracy Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 60 01:40:55.1701 Running 16
15 5 Takuma Sato KV Racing Technology 60 01:40:56.3165 Running 15
16 27 Adam Carroll Andretti Autosport 60 01:40:56.8015 Running 14
17 77 Alex Tagliani FAZZT Race Team 60 01:41:02.8144 Running 13
18 36 Bertrand Baguette Conquest Racing 60 01:41:03.9741 Running 12
19 14 Vitor Meira A.J. Foyt Enterprises 60 01:41:04.4260 Running 12
20 7 Danica Patrick Andretti Autosport 60 01:41:05.7066 Running 12
21 11 Tony Kanaan Andretti Autosport 60 01:41:06.1091 Running 12
22 34 Mario Romancini Conquest Racing 59 01:39:21.0797 Running 12
23 18 Milka Duno Dale Coyne Racing 57 01:41:34.4155 Running 12
24 78 Simona De Silvestro Team Stargate Worlds/HVM 38 01:02:22.4112 Contact 12
25 19 Alex Lloyd Dale Coyne Racing 22 00:37:47.3265 Mechanical 10

Driver's Standings:
CP Driver Champ Lead Oval Lead Road Lead Points Gap
1 Will Power X X 327 0
2 Dario Franchitti 295 -32
3 Scott Dixon X 287 -40
4 Ryan Briscoe 280 -47
5 Helio Castroneves 273 -54
6 Ryan Hunter-Reay 251 -76
7 Tony Kanaan 241 -86
8 Justin Wilson 211 -116
9 Dan Wheldon 211 -116
10 Marco Andretti 201 -126
11 Danica Patrick 190 -137
12 Raphael Matos 174 -153
13 Vitor Meira 172 -155
14 Alex Tagliani 169 -158
15 Mario Moraes 161 -166
16 E.J. Viso 157 -170
17 Alex Lloyd 146 -181
18 Hideki Mutoh 136 -191
19 Mario Romancini 125 -202
20 Simona De Silvestro 121 -206
21 Mike Conway 110 -217
22 Takuma Sato 110 -217
23 Graham Rahal 95 -232
24 Milka Duno 92 -235
25 Bertrand Baguette 89 -238
26 Sarah Fisher 53 -274
27 Tomas Scheckter 36 -291
28 John Andretti 35 -292
29 Ana Beatriz 33 -294
30 Ed Carpenter 20 -307
31 Jay Howard 20 -307
32 Townsend Bell 18 -309
33 Paul Tracy 16 -311
34 Sebastian Saavedra 15 -312
35 Davey Hamilton 14 -313
36 Adam Carroll 14 -313
37 Bruno Junqueira 13 -314
38 A.J. Foyt IV 0 -327

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