No. 12 Verizon Dallara/Chevrolet – Will Power
Laps Completed: 247/248
Laps Led: 0
Points Position: 6th (-113 pts)
· Will Power and the No. 12 Verizon Dallara/Chevrolet had a trying race under the lights at Texas Motor Speedway’s Saturday night race as the team ended the event running ninth.
· After a miscue in qualifying, Power started the event in the in the 15th position with a plan to charge through the field.
· After 47 laps, Power’s race strategist Roger Penske said over the radio that the car could be off balance and may require a front wing adjustment when they are able to make a pit stop. The team then decided to make a front wing adjustment when Power returned his Chevrolet to the pits on lap 59.
· As the field cycled through pit stops, Power found himself running in the fifth position on lap 193 – one the highest track positions he would be able to maintain during the event.
· With an opportunity to garner tires and fuel on lap 223 while under caution, the team had hoped he would be able to make another charge for the lead following the restart.
· Ultimately, Power and the No. 12 Verizon Chevrolet team settled for a ninth-place finish allowing him to maintain the sixth position in IndyCar Series championship point standings.
· The team plans to take advantage of an off weekend by working on the car in the shop as much as possible prior to the series’ next race at Road America.
Quote: “It was kind of a frustrating night. It was totally a track position race and I pushed up high in the beginning of the first stint and that was it. I got stuck in traffic and just never got our lap back. Ninth was actually a reasonable finish after such a bad run there. We’ll take the Verizon Chevy back to the shop and be ready for Road America in a couple weeks.”
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!