Will Power wins 3rd straight Sao Paulo 300

By Tales Azzoni

Associated Press

Published: Monday, April 30 2012 12:36 a.m. MDT

Franchitti stayed close to Power in the beginning of the race but spun on a restart on lap 27. He apparently was touched from behind at the first chicane and lost control of his Chip Ganassi Racing car. He needed to use pit strategy to race back to the front to finish in the top five after starting second. It was his first top five of the season.

Ryan Briscoe's race ended when he hit the wall exiting a turn on lap 22, and Josef Newgarden was involved in an accident at chicane on a restart on lap 29.

Rubens Barrichello, in his first race at home since joining IndyCar this season after a 19-year career in Formula One, ran as high as third place but fell to 10th at the end.

"Unfortunately, because of all the caution flags our strategy didn't work out today, but it will some other day," he said.

UTAH GRAND PRIX: At Tooele, In last year's edition of the Utah Grand Prix, then-15-year-old Madison Snow of Pleasant Grove turned Miller Motorsports Park on its ear by winning two races in the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama's Gold class. The series, which races Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars in two classes (Platinum for newer cars, Gold for older) had never had such a young winner.

This year, at the seasoned-veteran age of 16, Snow moved up to the Platinum class, where the competition is tougher and the competitors more experienced. Despite the added difficulty, though, the results were the same in this year's Utah Grand Prix.

After winning overall in Saturday's first of two weekend races for the series, the youngster did it again on Sunday, taking the lead on the first lap and leading all the way to the checkered flag in his No. 62 Snow Racing

Wright Motorsports entry, posting a .510sec margin of victory over the No. 10 Wright Motorsports entry of stablemate Sean Johnston. The top three were the same as yesterday, with D. Bryce Miller completing the podium in his No. 35 GMG Racing entry.

However, Snow's storybook tale wasn't quite as remarkable today as yesterday. In Saturday's race, Madison's mother Melanie won the Gold class, marking the first time in memory that a mother-and-son team had won their respective classes in a professional automobile race. On Sunday, Melanie had to settle for second in class in her No. 56 Snow Racing

Wright Motorsports entry, finishing 4.65sec in arrears of today's Gold class winner, Angel Benitez Jr., in the No. 05 Ansa Motorsports entry. Fred Poordad rounded out the podium with third in class. The other local driver in the race, 19-year-old Sloan Urry of Park City, finished fifth overall in his Platinum-class No. 20 TruSpeed Motorsports entry.

The Touring Car and B-Spec classes of the SCCA Pirelli World Challenge Championship held the last of their three weekend races this morning on the 2.18-mile West Course, and it was a thriller from start to finish. Tristan Herbert claimed the overall and Touring Car class win in his No. 33 Brimtek Volkswagen Jetta GLI, completing a last-lap pass of Todd Lamb's National Karting News Honda Civic Si and posting a 4.360sec margin of victory. Ryan Winchester took third in his No. 72 Ligon Industries Honda Civic Si.

In the B-Spec class the battle was just as intense, with Sage Marie emerging victorious in his No. 45 HPD Honda Fit over teammate Conner Ford (No. 93), and Craig Capaldi taking third in his No. 86 Capaldi Racing Ford Fiesta. Dan McKeever of Grantsville ran in the top four early in the No. 09 Miller Racing Ford Fiesta, filling in for Braden Miller, who drove the car in Saturday's two races. However, a mechanical issue with the shifter caused him to drop back temporarily. He finished seventh in class.

The IMSA Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Championship ran two races today. Sixteen-year-old Tristan Nunez led early in the first race, but his No. 16 Performance Tech entry lost power midrace, handing the lead and eventual win to Mikhail Goikhberg (No. 10 JDC Motorsports). Goikhberg took the checkered flag 0.598sec ahead of Charlie Shears (No. 21 Comprent Motorsports), with Jon Brownson (No. 34 Eurosport Racing) taking third. Nunez' fortunes turned around in the second race, and he cruised to a 28.554sec margin of victory over Goikhberg, with Ritchie Holt (No. 29 Performance Tech) completing the podium

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