No. 12 Verizon 5G Dallara/Chevrolet – Will Power
Status: Out, Contact
Laps Completed: 83/85
Laps Led: 0
Points Position: 5th (-128)
· Will Power was involved in an early-race accident, fell to 20th and made a valiant rebound to the top-10, only to fall victim to more contact with just two laps to go which resulted in an 18th-place finish for the No. 12 Verizon Dallara/Chevrolet on Sunday in the Streets of Toronto.
· The weekend started off tough for Power as he missed making it out of the first round of qualifying for the first time since Long Beach in 2015. Hopes were high coming into the race that the Verizon Chevrolet could make up some positions on the track through pit strategy and yellows. Unfortunately, coming to turn eight on the opening lap of the event, Power jumped to the inside of Graham Rahal trying to make a pass. At the same time, Rahal jumped to the inside of another car and all three made contact with Power ending up in the tire barrier. The contact resulted in Power having to come to the pits to replace a front wing. He restarted the race from the 20th position.
· After climbing his way up to 17th, Power once again came to the pits to try and get back on strategy on lap 15. By continuing to turn fast laps with clean race track as the rest of the field pitted for their first stops of the race, Power worked his way up to the 12th position.
· The Australian driver continued to have one of the fastest cars and make up positions when race strategist Roger Penske called Power to the pits for the final time on lap 50 from the 10th position.
· However, with just two laps to go and while running eighth, Power locked up the rear brakes and got into the tire barriers once again. The crash brought out a full-course caution, ending the race under the yellow flag. Power was credited with a 18th-place finish as a result of the crash. He remains fifth in the IndyCar Series Championship point standings, 128 points out of first.
Quote: “I got a good run on Graham and when I realized he was turning into the corner aggressively, I tried to back out of it. I wish I didn’t go for it that early. I feel bad for him. It was just a mistake and I didn’t realize someone was on the outside of him. Then, I just made a bad mistake there at the end. We just locked the rears up there. I have been having problems all weekend long with locking up the rears. I feel bad for the Verizon team. We had a reasonable comeback going, all the way up to eighth I think. That wasn’t the way I should be driving. But I know how to come back from this. I just need to mentally keep in the right place and keep doing what I know.”
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!