No. 12 Verizon Dallara/Chevrolet – Will Power
Laps Completed: 55/55
Laps Led: 10
Points Position: 7th (-83)
It was an up-and-down day for Will Power and the No. 12 Verizon Dallara/Chevrolet team in Race 1 of the REV Group Grand Prix at Road America, which resulted in a season-best second-place finish.
After starting fifth, Power struggled with grip and handling early in the race and fell all the way back to 10th. Gearing issues kept the Verizon Chevrolet from achieving maximum power on the 14-turn Wisconsin road course. The team’s first pit stop occurred on lap 15 for just fuel and tires. A strong run, coupled with some issues for other drivers, allowed them to move from 10th to third during the pit cycle.
Power returned to the pits again on lap 27 for fuel and tires. Once again, a strong pit cycle saw Power and the Verizon Chevrolet take over the top spot.
Unfortunately, a late-race caution before the field’s final pit stops brought all the lead-lap cars into pit road at the same time. Coming in from the lead, a slow stop allowed eventual race winner Scott Dixon to get out ahead of Power and relegated the Verizon Chevrolet back to second.
Over several late-race restarts, Power wasn’t able to make a charge on Dixon and had to settle for the runner-up position. Power heads into Race 2 of the doubleheader weekend seventh in NTT INDYCAR SERIES points – up eight spots over the previous race.
Quote: “Unfortunately we had to pit under yellow and that lost us the lead in the pits. We just had a slow pit stop. And then we had the wrong gears in the car, so it kind of hurt those restarts. Other than that, it was a good day. We moved up and got up to second. I don’t know what we’re going to do, but we’ll sit there as a team and will figure out how to execute a bit better. Especially frustrating when we just let wins like that go. I think we had a good Verizon Chevrolet and I don’t think Dixon would have gotten by us if we came out of the pit ahead of him. It wasn’t the end of the day but we still could have won. We’ll try again tomorrow.”
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!