No. 12 Verizon 5G Dallara/Chevrolet – Will Power
Laps Completed: 67/70
Laps Led: 37
Points Position: 12th (-122)
Will Power and the No. 12 Verizon 5G Chevrolet started the first of two races of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix at Belle Isle from the seventh position and was a top contender all afternoon. An unfortunate ECU problem under a late-race red flag ultimately ended his chances of winning.
Starting seventh, Power quickly advanced his Verizon 5G Chevrolet the second position by lap seven and would take the lead on lap eight. Power continued leading until lap 12 where he settled into the second position and concentrated on saving his tires for a two-pit stop strategy.
After pitting at lap 21 for four tires and fuel, Power cycled through to the 10th position. The caution flag waived on lap 25 for a single car wreck that damaged the barrier of the track. This turned into a red flag that froze the field for over an hour.
When the red flag was lifted, the No. 12 Verizon 5G car cycled through to the front of the pack on lap 32. Power briefly lost the lead when he pitted at lap 48 but regained it on lap 54.
An untimely caution with six-laps remaining forced another red flag situation for the driver of the Verizon 5G Chevrolet. After leading over half of the scheduled 70 laps, Power was unable to get the engine started on the No. 12 Verizon 5G Chevrolet when the red flag was lifted, resulting in a disappointing 20th-place finish at Belle Isle.
Quote: “It was very disappointing in how the race ended for us. Everyone on the No. 12 Verizon 5G Chevy team worked incredibly hard to put ourselves in position to get a win that we desperately needed. There are definitely things that can be looked at when there is a red flag that late in the race. It’s something that we have to put behind us, though, because we have another race tomorrow and we have shown we have a car that can win.”
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!