No. 12 Verizon Dallara/Chevrolet – Will Power
Start: 1st (60th NTT INDYCAR SERIES career pole)
Finish: 1st (38th NTT INDYCAR SERIES career victory)
Laps Completed: 75/75
Laps Led: 66
Points Position: 5th (-156)
Will Power and the Verizon Chevrolet team earned their first win of the 2020 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season as they dominated in the opening race of the weekend at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
Power got off to a strong start Saturday as he won his 60th NTT INDYCAR SERIES career pole position and his fifth pole at Mid-Ohio.
From the drop of the green flag, Power imposed his will in the No. 12 Verizon Chevrolet building an early lead. The No. 12 team produced strong pit stops on laps 21 and 47 for tires and fuel and no additional adjustments were needed to keep the Verizon Chevy running at the front of the field.
Power led by as much as eight seconds over the competition over the course of the afternoon as he led 66 laps, only surrendering the top position for nine laps during the cycle of pit stops.
With a nearly flawless performance, Power produced his 38th NTT INDYCAR SERIES victory and his first career win at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course after earning eight top-five finishes at the track in his previous 11 starts prior to Saturday.
The victory also marked the 216th Indy car win for Team Penske.
Power advanced three positions in the championship rankings as a result of Saturday’s win as he is now fifth in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES point standings.
He will have the opportunity to make up more ground on Sunday as the series returns to the track for the second race of the weekend at Mid-Ohio.
Quote: “We’ve had a pretty trying year. Everyone really has, with COVID and all the social distancing that we’ve had this year. The fact we are out here racing and that fact that we have some fans here (in Mid-Ohio) is great. This is what we love to do – we love to drive and we love to entertain. But it’s great to have the Verizon Chevrolet in victory lane. This is probably the first race in 10 years that I’ve just gone hard the whole time. So many other races, we try and save fuel and play the strategy game and a lot of times it just doesn’t work out. Today, we said ‘let’s just go hard.’ We said let’s just go hard and use my race pace and see what happens – and we won the race. This was just a race to put down good laps after good laps. It was just a flawless day and a flawless race. The whole Verizon team did a great job. It’s great to see Verizon in victory lane again, because it’s been a while. It’s also great to finally win at Mid-Ohio – I’m over the moon about that.”
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!