No. 12 Verizon Dallara/Chevrolet – Will Power
Laps Completed: 55/55
Laps Led: 4
Points Position: 7th (-81)
A frustration-marred race for Will Power and the No. 12 Verizon Dallara/Chevrolet led to an 11th-place finish in Sunday’s REV Group Grand Prix at Road America.
As the green flew, Power attempted to move through the field quickly from his eighth-place starting spot. However, his efforts on lap one led to contact with Graham Rahal and Ryan Hunter-Reay after traffic crowded the No. 12 Verizon Dallara/Chevrolet. The incidents resulted in Power going to the back of the field to serve a penalty and restarting 19th when the green flag waved again.
Just a few laps later, Power had an issue with understeer, leading to him driving off the track and bringing out the caution flag. After receiving considerable front wing damage, Power pitted on lap six for fuel, tires and a front wing change to correct some of the damage.
The team’s efforts helped Power advance to the lead on lap 18 after the pit cycle. Power’s lead came to an end as he pitted on lap 23 for fuel and tires.
Going off pit sequence for the remainder for the event, Power tried to make up as many positions as possible, but would finish the race in the 11th position.
His finish led to him maintaining seventh in NTT INDYCAR SERIES championship point standings
Quote: “Man, just a rough race for us today. I guess in the end, things could have been worse and an 11th place finish is a small victory. I don’t really agree with the penalty from early in the race. I felt that was just a racing deal. So we had to come in and change the front wing, then I made a mistake and ran off the track and we had to make another stop for another wing change. Just not the day we needed for the Verizon Chevrolet. Got a podium yesterday, but just didn’t have it today.”
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!