No. 12 Verizon Dallara/Chevrolet – Will Power
Laps Completed: 110/110
Laps Led: 17
Points Position: 3rd (-16 pts)
- Will Power and the No. 12 Verizon Dallara/Chevrolet team got their 2019 season off to a much better start than last season’s opening race, as they started on the pole and led 17 laps before finishing third in the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.
- Power jumped out to the lead on lap one after earning his 55th-career pole (and eighth at St. Pete) on Saturday afternoon in qualifying. Power paced the first 12 laps until race strategist Roger Penske called him to pit lane for his first stop of the day when it appeared a full course caution was coming.
- The caution never materialized, but Power continued to pit early in each cycle for the remainder of the afternoon.
- Power took the green flag race restart at the front of the field on lap 19, but he lost the top spot following a daring pass going into turn one by Felix Rosenqvist.
- Power and the No. 12 Verizon Dallara/Chevrolet showed the pace that was lacking at times last year on street courses, and the car seemed especially fast while running on Firestone primary tires.
- Power maintained his position in the top three throughout the afternoon and he came home third for his fifth-career podium on the Streets of St. Petersburg course.
Quote: “Yeah, it was definitely a lot better points day than I’ve had in the past two years (in the season opener) so I’m really happy about that. We put ourselves in a tough position pitting early there. We had no defense. And really, me losing that position on the restart, I was stuck. I couldn’t pull the gap to negate the cold tire penalty because I was pitting early. I just kind of did my best to maintain a third place finish. That was as much as we could do in that situation. We got more points than in the last two years, so we’re in the game. NASCAR and now IndyCar shows how strong the team is, and Chevrolet. They’ve done a great job with the engines. When I think about it, we’ve done a lot of work for street courses in the off-season and that’s paid off.”
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