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GoPro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma

Sonoma, CA
Race Review

Ryan Briscoe had finished second twice, third and fourth at Sonoma in the past four years. Think he was due?

Long overdue -- on the road course and in general -- the veteran Team Penske driver would interject.

So it was an elated Briscoe, who started next to Team Penske teammate and pole sitter Will Power, who hoisted a glass of cabernet in Victory Circle following the 85-lap GoPro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma. He held off Power by 0.4408 of a second for his first victory since Texas in 2010. Briscoe is the seventh different winner in 13 IZOD IndyCar Series races this season.

“It’s big. I wasn’t sure if I was ever going to win again," he said. "Especially here in Sonoma, I’ve always done so well at this track and I got my first-ever pole position here (2005) so it’s great to finally get the win.  Great battle with Will at the end there."

Briscoe gained the lead on a pit stop sequence on Lap 65 when he hit the blend line ahead of Power, who had pitted a lap earlier but was caught behind traffic during the first full-course caution in more than 2½ races. 

"He definitely had some bad luck in the pits, but we were there all day," Briscoe added. "This is definitely a confidence-builder."

Power, who clinched the Mario Andretti Road Course Trophy for the third consecutive year, did increase his championship points lead from five to 36 over Ryan Hunter-Reay of Andretti Autosport with two races remaining.

Dario Franchitti finished third and Rubens Barrichello posted a season-high fourth place after starting 11th. Graham Rahal placed fifth and Helio Castroneves was sixth. Simon Pagenaud clinched the Sunoco Rookie of the Year award with a seventh-place finish.

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Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma
About the Track
Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma Track

Track Info

The 2.385-mile, 12-turn natural-terrain road course has it all to challenge drivers -- elevation changes, a tight right-hand Turn 12 leading onto the frontstretch, a Carousel turn that requires downshifting -- all packed into a scenic setting.

Past Track Winners

2012 Ryan Briscoe
2011 Will Power
2010 Will Power
2009 Dario Franchitti
2008 Helio Castroneves
2007 Scott Dixon
2006 Marco Andretti
2005 Tony Kanaan

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