Mechanical Problems Knock Power Out At COTA

Will Power

No. 12 Verizon Dallara/Chevrolet – Will Power

Start: 1st

Finish:  24th

Status:  Mechanical

Laps Completed:  46/60

Laps Led: 45

Points Position:  6th (-46)

Notes:

  • Will Power and the No. 12 Verizon Dallara/Chevrolet had the fastest car in all of Texas on Sunday, starting from the pole and leading the most laps, before mechanical problems knocked him out of the race in the inaugural INDYCAR Classic at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.
  • Power won his 56th-career pole on Saturday afternoon and started from the front row for the second-straight race to begin 2019.  He jumped out to an early lead and pulled away from the rest of the field, pacing the first half of the race at the three-mile circuit.
  • Through two separate pit stops, Power was able to maintain the top spot as the Verizon team elected for Power to perform a three-stop race and taking advantage of quick times with the Firestone alternate red tires.
  • The caution fell on lap 44, catching Power and several other of the front runners out while some of the cars in the back half of the top-10 had already pitted.  However, when Power was leaving the pit stall, something in the rear end of the No. 12 Verizon Chevrolet broke, forcing the pole sitter to retire. 
  • Despite leading a total of 45 laps, the 24th-place finish dropped Power to sixth in the IndyCar Series point standings, 46 points behind leader and teammate, Josef Newgarden.

Quote:  “Yeah, it feels like an input shaft broke. I just released the clutch snap and I could kind of hear it grinding together. I’m massively disappointed, man; like you lead all those laps and worked so hard all weekend to put yourself into position. If the yellow didn’t get us, the driveshaft did.  Another hole at the beginning of the season. But the Verizon guys have done a great job. We’re quick every weekend.  I just want to have a good, normal run to start the season.”

TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!

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