The Power of Success

IRL Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma/Infineon Raceway

Article by - John R. Andres, SMM Editor-in-Chief

Photography by - John Andres and Randy Jones/SMM Staff Photographer

Sonoma, Calif., August 22, 2010 – There's an old saying that goesÖnothing succeeds like success.


Sure he had the will and the power to succeed but these things never come easy, despite the pundits who characterize the annual event at Infineon as unexciting and for the most part, uneventful.


John Frankenheimer's 1966 Cinerama epic, "Grand Prix" focused at one point upon racing through the streets of Monte Carlo, another road course configuration that offers limited passing and viewing opportunities. It became very clear that this event, like others of its kind, was more than just what appeared on the track. It was the total experience that Frankenheimer focused uponÖthe sights, the sounds and the people that comprised the "color" that each and every racing event provides to each and every individual with a ticket. It doesn't matter if Power led from flag to flag, whether he used black tires or red, or whether or not he was involved in a multi car pileup. Speed is its own reward and Power used it to best some of the most talented drivers in the world this afternoon.


Perfection, like beauty, is in the eyes of the beholder. Who defines what it is and who establishes how it is attained depends upon that indefinable term: perspective.


A year ago, Power found himself at the crossroads of his career. The 29 year old Australian encountered a defining moment during the final practice session when he slammed into Nelson Philippe's stalled car at nearly 100 mph at one of Infineon's blind curves. A concussion, broken teeth and four cracked vertebrae put him on the fast track to anonyminity, given the fact that he had experienced limited success at KV Racing Technologies in 2009 and had just been granted part-time driver status at the "used to winning" Penske organization. A long and painful convalescence followed, during which time, Power had to make a decision whether he was willing to continue with a career that was in remission.


This year was another matter entirely. At the end of qualifying, Power was sitting in the "catbird seat" with an IndyCar series season record of eight pole positions. Coming into this race, Power's four wins (in nine races) in 2010 provided him with a 41 point cushion over his nearest rival, Dario Franchitti, for the series championship with five more races remaining.


Power's ability to hold off his rivals for 73 out of 75 laps was a testament to his ability to overcome adversity at a place that just one year prior had put him literally through the meat grinder. With five races remaining, Power extended his championship points lead to 59 over Franchitti.


Storybook seasons are rare but Power has proved that his comeback year has all the trappings of a Hollywood make it or break it plot, complete with all the downs and the ups we sometimes find so hard to believe in today's reality oriented world.




Race Statistics
Track Length- 2.303 miles
Margin of Victory- 0.743 seconds
Time of Race- 1:52:34
Lead Changes- 2
Cautions- 4
Winner’s Average Speed- 92.1 mph




Top 15 Qualifiers
(speeds in parentheses)
1) Will Power, 108.34
2) Helio Castroneves, 108.28
3) Dario Franchitti, 107.75
4) Alex Tagliani, 107.38
5) Ryan Briscoe, 107.38
6) Scott Dixon, 107.19
7) Justin Wilson, 107.75
8) Ryan Hunter-Reay, 107.49
9) Tony Kanaan, 107.23
10) Raphael Matos, 107.16
11) Simona de Silvestro, 106.64
12) Dan Wheldon, 106.53
13) Bertrand Baguette, 106.95
14) Hideki Mutoh, 106.95
15) E.J. Viso, 106.73
Top 15 Race Results
All cars Dallara-Honda
1) Will Power
2) Scott Dixon
3) Dario Franchitti
4) Ryan Brisco
5) Helio Castroneves
6) Justin Wilson
7) Tony Kanaan
8) Ryan Hunter-Reay
9) Graham Rahal
10) Alex Lloyd
11) Mario Moraes
12) Marco Andretti
13) Simona de Silvestro
14) Alex Tagliani
15) Vitor Meira





GONZALEZ PICKS UP SECOND E3 SPARK PLUGS NHRA PRO MOD DRAG RACING SERIES WIN OF THE SEASON AT SUMMIT RACING EQUIPMENT MOTORSPORTS PARK


NORWALK, Ohio ‚Äď After qualifying in the top spot to start the day at the 14th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals, E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series driver Jose Gonzalez took home the win at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park.

The Norwalk event marked the fourth race of the 2021 E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service season, and with today’s victory, Gonzalez currently sits second in the points standings.¬†

His journey to the winner’s circle began when he defeated Alex Laughlin in the opening round. He then took down Mike Castellana in the quarterfinals and later Doug Winters in the semifinal round. It was his 5.723-second pass at 250.09 mph over points leader Brandon Snider.

Snider, the No. 7 seed, defeated Justin Jones, Lyle Barnett and Jerico Balduf en route to his first final round of the season.



The E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service returns to action July 16-18 at the Dodge//SRT Mile-High NHRA Nationals Presented By Pennzoil at Bandimere Speedway in Morrison, Colo. 

Final finish order (1-16) at the 14th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park. The race is the fourth of 12 events in the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.

PRO MODIFIED:

1. Jose Gonzalez
2. Brandon Snider
3. Jerico Balduf
4. Doug Winters
5. Justin Bond
6. Mike Castellana
7. Lyle Barnett
8. Jim Whiteley
9. Steve Jackson
10. Mike Salinas
11. Eric Latino
12. Justin Jones
13. Alex Laughlin
14. Jeffery Barker
15. Khalid alBalooshi
16. JR Gray.




Sunday's final results from the 14th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park. The race is the fourth of 12 events in the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.

Pro Modified:

Jose Gonzalez, Chevy Camaro, 5.723, 250.09 def. Brandon Snider, Chevy Corvette, 5.777, 248.84. 



Final round-by-round results from the 14th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park, the fourth of 12 events in the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.

PRO MODIFIED: 

ROUND ONE:

Jerico Balduf, Chevy Chevelle, 5.880, 244.92 def. Mike Salinas, Chevy Camaro, 5.909, 245.58; Doug Winters, Chevelle, 5.906, 245.76 def. Jeffery Barker, Toyota Camry, 6.057, 219.76; Jose Gonzalez, Camaro, 5.795, 248.48 def. Alex Laughlin, Camaro, 5.931, 239.78; Jim Whiteley, Camaro, 5.858, 244.87 def. Steve Jackson, Camaro, 5.846, 247.79; Lyle Barnett, Camaro, 5.936, 243.50 def. Khalid alBalooshi, Camaro, 6.628, 154.07; Brandon Snider, Chevy Corvette, 5.829, 248.52 def. Justin Jones, Corvette, Foul - Red Light; Justin Bond, Camaro, 5.836, 247.88 def. Eric Latino, Camaro, 5.913, 242.45; Mike Castellana, Camaro, 5.871, 245.23 def. JR Gray, Camaro, 6.712, 199.43;  QUARTERFINALS -- Winters, 5.923, 243.02 def. Whiteley, Foul - Red Light; Snider, 5.819, 247.97 def. Barnett, 6.248, 166.66; Gonzalez, 5.800, 246.89 def. Castellana, 5.847, 246.35; Balduf, 5.862, 244.25 def. Bond, 5.812, 248.66;  SEMIFINALS -- Snider, 5.794, 248.25 def. Balduf, 5.833, 246.21; Gonzalez, 5.752, 248.93 def. Winters, 5.922, 223.14;  FINAL -- Gonzalez, 5.723, 250.09 def. Snider, 5.777, 248.84. 




Point standings (top 10) following the 14th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park, the fourth of 12 events in the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.

Pro Modified:

1. Justin Bond, 328
2. Jose Gonzalez, 322
3. Brandon Snider, 294
4. Steve Jackson, 254
5. Khalid alBalooshi, 204
6. Jeffery Barker, 192
7. Mike Castellana, 177
8. JR Gray, 169
9. Doug Winters, 164
10. Alex Laughlin, 147.

 

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