Team Penske’s Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Chevrolet who scored his 56th pole position of his career on Saturday went into Sunday’s IndyCar Classic at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin Texas in the driving seat to take home the cheaque for $100,000 if he was able to win the race.
The Australian was extremely dominant in the race up until lap 44 when he pitted from the lead under caution, when he was leaving his pit-stall something broke on the rear of the car resulting in his retirement from the race and speaking following the race he said:
Yeah, it feels like an input shaft broke. I just released the clutch snap and I could kind of hear it grinding together. I’m massively disappointed, man; like you lead all those laps and worked so hard all weekend to put yourself into position. If the yellow didn’t get us, the driveshaft did. Another hole at the beginning of the season. But the Verizon guys have done a great job. We’re quick every weekend. I just want to have a good, normal run to start the season.
It was a disappointing race for Simon Pagenaud in the No.22 Menards Chevrolet as the Frenchman who started the race from 22nd place went on to finish the event in 19th place and speaking following the race he said:
The race was pretty good. I mean we had a really good car, awesome strategy and really good pit stops. We got caught out by the yellow just like Will did. We were going to make that four stop strategy work really well with potentially a top five or top six finish. So starting 22nd, that was an awesome race. We made a lot of passes. It was great and I had a lot of fun. Unfortunately at the end, I had to get going on the red tires starting back from 16th. I had contact with Rossi, which took my valve stem off. The whole weekend’s been pretty unfortunate despite having a lot of pace in the car. I’ll be back though.
Championship leader Josef Newgarden in the No.2 PPG Chevrolet who started the race from seventh place on the grid made his way to the front and had great battles with both Colton Herta and Ryan Hunter Reay with the Tennessee native finishing the race in second place and speaking following the event he said:
I thought we might have had a shot there at the end. A lot of things played into the race today. We had a little luck and I thought that could play into our favor to race for another win. The PPG Chevrolet looked good and felt good, it just wasn’t enough there at the end. A second place is big for us. We talked about the fact that you need to have podium finishes if you aren’t winning races and this goes a long way to our championship run.