ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., (Monday, March 29, 2010) - Will Power held off Justin Wilson by .8244 of a second to win the rain-delayed Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on March 29 and remain perfect through the first two IZOD IndyCar Series races of 2010.
Power earned the third victory of his IZOD IndyCar Series career. The last driver to win two in a row to start a season was Sam Hornish Jr. in 2001, at Phoenix and Homestead.
Team Penske's Ryan Briscoe and Helio Castroneves filled out the top four. Briscoe, last year's race winner, gained 16 positions to finish third, the longest climb to the podium in this event's history.
The sixth Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg was postponed 18 hours because of more than 4 inches of rain that overwhelmed the temporary street circuit March 28 and, in conjunction with lightning, created unsafe conditions for race participants and ticket holders.
Power took the lead on Lap 73 of the 100-lap race when E.J. Viso slowed with a gearbox problem and then resisted Wilson's No. 22 Team Z-Line Designs/DRR car to the checkered flag.
Danica Patrick scored her best road/street course finish of seventh since Long Beach (fourth) in '09. Raphael Matos, the third-place finisher in Brazil on March 14, checked in at eighth, and Graham Rahal advanced from the 16th starting spot to ninth in the No. 67 Dollar General car for Sarah Fisher Racing.