Power claims impressive IndyCar stat in Cali

Monday 11 April, 2022
Will Power finished inside the top five for the third time this year.

NTT IndyCar Series

Will Power has placed in the top five for the third consecutive round this year, with the Queenslander finishing the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach in fourth.
 
The third round of the 2022 NTT IndyCar Season took place around the streets of the famous Long Beach in California on Sunday, with the crowd treated to an entertaining 85-lap spectacle.
 
All weekend, Power was ranked towards the top of the time sheets which included posting the third fastest time in the first qualifying session before just missing out on a spot in the Firestone Fast 6 after being trumped by Romain Grosjean by one thousandth of a second in the second qualifying session.
 
Starting from P7, Power enjoyed a decent run throughout the race and avoided any drama as he worked his way up the fourth overall, having also led the race for two laps.
 
Taking out the victory was Team Penske teammate Josef Newgarden, who won his second consecutive race, while Grosjean rounded out the podium, taking advantage of polesitter Colin Herta’s crash on lap 56.
 
As a result of his fourth place, Power is the only driver in the series to have finished in the top five for all three of this season’s races and currently sits in fourth place on the standings, just one points behind Grosjean and 15 behind Newgarden.
 
Team Penske teammate and three-time Supercars Champion Scott McLaughlin had a race to forget, finishing in 14th.
 
The next round of the series is the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park on 1 May.

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2022 IMSA SportsCar Championship

A couple of Australians have contested the 2022 IMSA SportsCar Championship’s third round of the season, which was a support category for the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach.
 
Leading the charge was Matt Campbell, who alongside regular teammate Mathieu Jaminet were behind the wheel of the Pfaff Motorsports prepared Porsche 911 GT3 R.
 
The duo had qualified extremely well in the Pro class, their best time earning them a spot on the fourth row of the outright grid and second in class.
 
And while they were running quite strong in the one hour and 40-minute race, they were hit with some unfortunate luck in the first stint of the race- a wheel nut from another car  randomly flying into their car's during their pit stop.

The wheel nut ended up puncturing the car’s radiator and forced the team to retire after 29 laps.

Click here to view the incident.

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Aidan Read was the other Aussie in action and was racing for RWR Eurasia Motorsport in the GT Daytona Class with American Ryan Eversley.
 
Driving the team’s Acura NSX GT3 Evo22, Read had opposite fortunes to Campbell and Jaminet having finished the race and made a place in the process.
 
Starting form P9 in class, Read and Eversley ended up crossing the line eighth in class and inside the outright top 20.
 
The next round of the IMSA SportsCar Championship is the Hyundai Monterey Sports Car Championship in California on 1 May.
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