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Posted on: Sunday, March 14, 2010

Auto racing: Power wins rain-shortened IndyCar opener in Brazil


TALES AZZONI
Associated Press Writer

SAO PAULO (AP) Will Power has won the rain-shortened IndyCar season-opener on the streets of Sao Paulo.

The Australian made a late overtaking move to pass American Ryan Hunter-Reay to win the inaugural Sao Paulo Indy 300 and clinch his second career victory on Sunday.

Power beat Hunter-Reay by 1.858 seconds when the race ended at the two-hour time-limit with only 61 of the 75 scheduled laps completed on the 2.6-mile, 11-turn Anhembi temporary circuit.

The race had to be red-flagged near its halfway point after heavy rainfall made track conditions unsafe.

Home-crowd favorite Vitor Meira was third, followed by compatriot Raphael Matos.

Pole sitter and defending series champion Dario Franchitti was seventh.