No. 12 Verizon 5G Dallara/Chevrolet – Will Power
Laps Completed: 55/55
Laps Led: 0
Points Position: 11th (-145)
Will Power and the No. 12 Verizon 5G Chevy had a weekend of redemption after a strong qualifying effort on Saturday led to the team’s second podium finish of the season, finishing third on Sunday at Road America.
Starting from the fourth position on red Firestone tires, an opening lap battle put Power to fifth where he quietly stayed until the first round of pit stops. Working against tire degradation, the No. 12 Verizon 5G crew switched Power’s Chevy to black Firestones and no adjustments on the first stop. From there, the INDYCAR veteran was able to charge into the third position 16 laps into the race.
After another stop just under halfway, Power was running fifth while working on saving fuel without losing position. Opting not to pit under a caution, the matte black Chevy instead came down a few laps later under green on lap 41 for the team’s final stop of the day. Power was back into the fifth position with seven laps to go once pit stops began to cycle through.
The remaining laps would bring another caution and late restart, where Power capitalized to move forward and hold his position to finish third.
Quote: “Certainly, just qualifying well this weekend has got my bit of confidence back. I struggled this year, funny enough. It’s usually my forte. But I’m really, really happy. I thought this morning if I can get a podium, I’ll be really stoked, and I ended up getting one. So, keep trucking away here. Man, I would love to get a win here soon. I know we’ve got the team to do it. We have a really good strategists, engineer, and group of guys on the car. Let’s see if we can get that Verizon 5G Chevy in Victory Lane here in the next few races.”
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!