No. 12 Verizon Dallara/Chevrolet – Will Power
Start: 1st – (58th career NTT INDYCAR SERIES pole)
Laps Completed: 80/80
Laps Led: 28
Points Position: 15th (-73 pts)
It was a frustrating day for Will Power and the No. 12 Verizon Dallara/Chevrolet, finishing 20th after starting the day on the pole and leading more laps than any other driver in the 80-lap road course GMR Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Power, who has won three races from the pole on the Indianapolis road course, seemed to have the stars align for a fourth victory starting from the pole – his 58th career pole.
Finding speed early on, it seemed that Power was unstoppable as great pit stops early on kept Power and teammate Josef Newgarden running 1-2 at the front of the field.
However, an untimely caution just prior to his second stop put him back in the field and forced him to race back to the front from the 15th position.
Then, on the team’s final stop, Power stalled the car in an effort to avoid a pit gun in front of him.
Power was unable to recover and was stuck in the back of the field finishing the race in the 20th position.
Quote: “We had a great Verizon Chevy and definitely had the speed that we showed in qualifying. Just got caught out by a unfortunate caution that really didn’t help. After that, we had a problem in the pits that cost us a lot of time and then there was no chance to recover. Chevrolet did a really great job with the power and we had awesome car, but we just had a tough day. This Verizon team is fast, we just need to put a full race together.”
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!