Will Power showed his prowess at street racing with a convincing win today in Race No. 2 of the Grand Prix of Houston at Reliant Park – round 18 of the 19-race 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series schedule.
It was the second win of the season for the driver of the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, who led a race-high 51 laps of the 90-lap/153-mile race. The victory moved Power to seventh in the standings with one race remaining in the season.
"Congratulations to Will Power, Tim Cindric and the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet IndyCar team on their win today in Houston," said Jim Campbell, U.S. Vice President Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. "Will drove an amazing race, and the pit stops were quick and efficient all-day long. We are looking forward to the final IndyCar race in Fontana."
James Hinchcliffe returned to podium form with a third-place finish in his bright No. 27 GoDaddy Pink Andretti Autosport Chevrolet honoring the fight against breast cancer.
Sebastien Bourdais was the third Chevrolet IndyCar V6 driver in the top-five. Behind the wheel of the No. 7 McAfee Dragon Racing Chevrolet, Bourdais finished fifth.
Other Team Chevy drivers in the top-10 were: Oriol Servia – 7th and Simona De Silvestro – 10th.
Helio Castroneves, No. 3 Shell V-Power/Pennzoil Ultra Team Penske Chevrolet, suffered a mechanical issue that sent him to the paddock on lap 11. The crew changed the gear-box unit and Castroneves returned to competition on lap 47, 37 laps down to the leader. He lost the lead in the point standings for the first time in 10 races, and heads to Auto Club Speedway, Fontana, California 25 points down to the leader.
The battle for the 2013 IndyCar Series Manufacturers' title will also be decided at the season-ending race. Chevrolet is tied with Honda for the crown at nine wins each.