No. 12 Verizon Dallara/Chevrolet – Will Power
Start: 1st (62nd NTT INDYCAR SERIES career pole)
Laps Completed: 35/100
Laps Led: 4
Final Points Position: 5th (-141 pts)
Will Power started Sunday’s race from the pole position after he earned his 62nd career INDYCAR SERIES pole position on Saturday.
Unfortunately, Power made an uncharacteristic mistake in the first half of the Firestone Grand Prix and the resulting contact forced him out of the season finale and he was scored in 24th place in the No. 12 Verizon Chevrolet.
Power held of the competition and maintained an early lead for the opening first four laps on Sunday. However, a gearbox issue when he was downshifting saw Power drop to third place just five laps into the race.
On lap 32, Power visited pit lane and returned the track right in front of teammate and championship contender Josef Newgarden. The two avoided contact as Newgarden continued his march forward and Power got up to speed.
Just three laps later, the No. 12 Verizon Chevrolet made contact with the wall after exiting turn 4 and Power came to a halt in the runoff area. The damage was too extensive to continue and he retired from the event in the 24th position.
Quote: “I just lost it. The rear bottomed and I just had a moment. Earlier in the race, the Verizon Chevrolet didn’t downshift for some reason. It did it a couple of times. Then I started downshifting really early. I don’t know what happened or if that caused any of our issues. It just didn’t go down gears and that is how (Alexander) Rossi got me, and then (Colton) Herta attacked for position. But I’m just frustrated with me making a mistake and hitting the wall. The car got loose and it’s just so very, very frustrating. I shouldn’t be the one crashing. My bad for putting us out of the race.“
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!