CHAMPCAR/CART: Las Vegas: Team Australia race report

WILL POWER FIRST AUSSIE TO WIN CHAMP CAR RACE Team Australia's Will Power has become the first Australian to win a round of the Champ Car World Series after clinching the Las Vegas Grand Prix in Nevada this morning. Power, who started from...

WILL POWER FIRST AUSSIE TO WIN CHAMP CAR RACE

Team Australia's Will Power has become the first Australian to win a round of the Champ Car World Series after clinching the Las Vegas Grand Prix in Nevada this morning.

Power, who started from pole, dominated the race in his Aussie Vineyards-backed machine to clinch the win from Dutch rookie Robert Doombas and Champ Car veteran Paul Tracy.

Other former Australian podium winners have included Geoff Brabham and former F1 world champion Alan Jones, but Power, who won last year's "Rookie of the Year" title, is the first Australian to stand on the top step.

Power was born and bred in Toowoomba, Queensland, and currently resides in Indianapolis, Indiana, close to the team.

Team Australia is owned by Queensland businessman Craig Gore and US racing legend Derrick Walker.

Defending champion and Power's main rival for this year's title, Sebastien Bourdais, crashed out on lap 30 of the 68-lap race.

Power's teammate Simon Pagenaud also showed good speed through the weekend and looked a top three threat before he suffered engine problems and withdrew after 47 laps.

The next round of the championship is in Long Beach, California next weekend.

-credit: taus

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