o. 12 Verizon Dallara/Chevrolet – Will Power
Laps Completed: 299/300
Laps Led: 49
Points Position: 5th (-165 pts)
- Will Power and the No. 12 Verizon Dallara/Chevrolet looked like strong contenders for the win in Saturday night’s IndyCar Series Iowa 300 at Iowa Speedway before a pit road penalty relegated the former champion to a 15th-place finish.
- Thanks to a strong Team Penske qualifying effort on Friday afternoon, Power took the green flag – which was delayed nearly four and a half hours for severe weather – from the second position. However, he quickly powered his way to the lead with a strong move in the outside lane.
- Power held the top spot until lap 49 when eventual race winner, and Team Penske teammate, Josef Newgarden moved past him just before a red flag for a slight rain shower halted the on-track action for 30 minutes.
- When the race resumed, Power was able to keep the leader in his sights while manning the second position, despite needing two front-wing adjustments on subsequent pit stops to help the handling on the No. 12 Chevy.
- Unfortunately, on the team’s fourth pit stop of the night, Power was hit with a pit road commitment violation that resulted in a stop-and-go penalty, placing him down in the running order with the lap count dwindling.
- Power was unable to make up the lost ground and crossed the finish line in the 15th position. He remains fifth in the IndyCar Series standings, 165 points behind leader Newgarden.
Quote: “I went just a bit wide getting onto pit road and then you get into the marbles. Once you get your tires dirty it is almost impossible to drive, and I really had no chance. It was an unfortunate end to a pretty strong day for the No. 12 Verizon Chevy team. We jumped out to the lead early before Josef got around us. He was very strong tonight, but we definitely had a podium tonight before the pit road penalty.”
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