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Castroneves notches Edmonton victory

July 22, 2012 at 5:51 PM   |   Comments

EDMONTON, Alberta, July 22 (UPI) -- Helio Castroneves edged out Takuma Sato at the finish line Sunday, claiming the IZOD IndyCar Series event in Edmonton.

Castroneves grabbed the lead from Canadian Alex Tagliani after a round of late-race pit stops and held off a final charge from Sato, logging a victory margin of 0.84 seconds.

It was the second triumph of the season and 27th in the career for the Team Penske driver, who also took the March 25 season-opener in St. Petersburg.

The result also enabled Castroneves to grab second place in the IndyCar Series standings, moving to within 23 points of leader Ryan Hunter-Reay.

Will Power rallied from a 17th-place start to a third-place finish while Graham Rahal claimed fourth and Tagliani ended up in fifth place.

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