It Seriously Means A Lot
Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Chevrolet for Team Penske was delighted with his second ABC Supply 500 win in a row and his third win of the season on Sunday.
The Australian came from one lap down and the back of the field to claim hia 32nd Verizon IndyCar Series career win.
Power was forced to pit for a replacement front wing and then a replacement rear wing but beat team mate Josef Newgarden to victory.
Speaking following the race, Power stated:
It seriously means a lot. I love racing on ovals. “Every oval win I get, I really, really enjoy because we don’t have many of them.
“To come back and win it again in a very different way this year – it was a crazy race, exciting to me – but feels fantastic to go back-to-back.
Power went on to say:
What a crazy day for us. I mean, we had a really strong car. The Verizon Chevrolet was getting back to the front, and then suddenly, boom, the wing broke. Lucky I didn’t hit the wall. We went a lap down, and then I was thinking to be smart and anything can happen. You get your lap back and get through the field, and that’s exactly what we did. So very, very good day. Once I got my lap back, I was like, all right, it’s game on. I can definitely get back up there. I was thinking like top 5, but when I was pumping out like 217 laps, I’m like, okay, we’re going to make some serious hay here. The crew guys did a fantastic job in the pits having to do all that and still able to go ahead and win the race.”
Josef Newgarden in the No.2 Fitzgerald Glider Kits Chevrolet extended his championship lead to 18 points over Scott Dixon with three races remaining.
The Tennessee native who started the race from 14th on grid came through the field to complete a Team Penske 1-2 and speaking following the race he said:
It was a good day for points. “Tough when you have an opportunity to potentially win a race at the end of it, but I don’t think we had enough for Will, to be honest with you.
“I’m happy for Team Penske. It’s a 1-2 at the end of the day, so keeping it in the family. When one car wins, we kind of all win.
Reigning series champion Simon Pagenaud in the No.1 DXC Technology Chevrolet started the race from second place and finished in fourth.
Speaking following the race, the Frenchman stated:
The DXC Technology was a rocket ship at the end. This is such a long race, and all of the changes to the car seem to come together at the end. It’s a little bit of a shame that we lost the train earlier in the race. I think that was costly for us. I was racing (Scott) Dixon and we lost touch with the pack. It might have been interesting had that not happened. But that’s how it goes sometimes. The championship battle is still very close with just three races to go.
Helio Castroneves in the No.3 Hitachi Chevrolet started the race from 20th and came through the field to finish the race just behind Scott Dixon in seventh place.
The Brazilian has lost ground in the series standings and is now in third place in the championship standings however there are still plenty of points up for grabs.
Speaking following the race, Castroneves commented by saying:
“All things considered. It was a great weekend. I can’t thank the Hitachi Chevrolet crew enough for all of the hard work after the crash in qualifying. They did an awesome job at getting the car together for the race. We started from the back, so our work was cut out for us. Our progress kind of stalled a little, but then the changes to the car all clicked and we were able to finish seventh. The championship didn’t get jumbled up too much, so we head to Gateway (Motorsports Park) next week for another round.”