For the third time in his IZOD IndyCar Series career, Will Power, driver of the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, stood atop the victory podium at Sonoma Raceway. Power, who started third on the 25-car grid for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma, was credited for leading once for a total of 16 laps of the 85-lap race on the way to his 19th career victory, and his first of the season.
"Congratulations to Will Power and the No. 12 Penske Verizon Chevrolet team for their win today at Sonoma Raceway," said Jim Campbell, U.S. Vice President Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. "Will persevered, and it was great to see him back in the Winner's Circle."
The victory was the eighth of the year for the Bowtie Brand, and moved Chevrolet back to the lead in the battle for the 2013 Series' Manufacturers' Championship.
Team Chevy drivers notched a total of two of the top-five finishers, and seven of the top-10 in the final finishing order.
With a seventh-place finish, Helio Castroneves, No. 3 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet, extended his points lead to 39 points with four races remaining in the 2013 19-race IZOD IndyCar Series season.
Marco Andretti, No. 25 RC Cola Andretti Autosport Chevrolet, finished fourth and remains fourth in the point standings, improving to just 70 points behind the leader.
Ryan Hunter-Reay, No. 1 DHL Andretti Autosport Chevrolet, continued his quest to defend his Series' championship with a sixth-place finish today. He is third in the standings, moving to only 62 points down to the top-spot.
James Hinchcliffe, No. 27 GoDaddy Andretti Autosport Chevrolet, finished eighth followed by fellow Chevrolet IndyCar V6 driver Simona De Silvestro, No. 78 Nuclear Entergy Areva KV Racing Technology Chevrolet, who claimed the ninth finishing position.
Sebastien Bourdais, No. 7 McAfee Dragon Racing Chevrolet, was 10th at the checkered flag.
Justin Wilson and Dario Franchitti completed the podium finishers in today's race.
Next on the IZOD IndyCar Schedule will be the September 1, 2013 running of the Grand Prix of Baltimore on the Streets of Baltimore (MD).