Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet had a dream end to his fantastic weekend at the Kohler Grand Prix on the Road America circuit in Wisconsin. The Australian took a lights to flag victory having claimed the Verizon P1 Award on Saturday.
Power held off a late charge from Tony Kanaan in the No.10 NTT DATA Chevrolet to claim his second race win of the season having won Race 2 at the Chevrolet Dual In Detroit earlier this month. Following the win Power is in third place in the Verizon IndyCar Series points standings on 294 points and speaking following the race he stated:
TK (Tony Kanaan) had the reds on and was coming hard. He was quick all race. I had my work cut out and did everything I could to stay ahead. I’m stoked to get the Verizon car to Victory Lane. Thanks to Chevy. It’s a phenomenal car and phenomenal engine. I’m just so stoked. I wasn’t going to let it go on the restart. I was determined to get a great restart and keep the lead. TK was mega quick there at the end. I just had a few more push to pass left and that helped. The Firestones were great. We had no problems We could do full stints. It was just great, great. I was talking championship even before this race. There are seven races to go and we’re still in it. There could be a 100-point swing in the last race. We have to go for it. It’s just a great place and I’m just so stoked to win that way. I badly wanted to win another race. I needed that one. It is huge! I walked around the camping grounds earlier in the weekend. It just amazed me how many people are here, and how much fun they are having. Just walking in here on Thursday, you could see the place was really popping. I am just so stoked to be back here. We should have been back here a long time ago. All the fans are great.
Power’s Penske team mate Helio Castroneves in the No.3 Hitachi Chevrolet was delighted with the performance of his car as the Brazilian ended the Kohler Grand Prix in fifth place and is now up to second in the series points standings. Speaking following the race he stated:
It was a great day for the Hitachi Chevrolet. We got a solid result and gained some ground in the standings. There may have been a few times where if we had done something else, we could have come out a little better, but who knows. I’m proud of my guys and can’t thank them enough for their hard work. The event here this weekend was spectacular. The fans were just great. I hope we can keep coming back here.
Juan Pablo Montoya in the No.2 Devilbiss Chevrolet started the race from 14th place and ended the event in seventh place and speaking following the race the Colombian commented by saying:
It’s hard when you qualify that far back. We had really good pace in the DeVilbiss Chevrolet, but there’s nothing you can do to advance that many positions. We executed well. We did make a couple small mistakes in the first run, but we kind of got with the program and got better and better. We had a fun day. It was so exciting to come back to Road America. This place is incredible. It’s just amazing. If anyone complains about the racing today, then they should go watch horse racing or something.
Verizon IndyCar Series points leader Simon Pagenaud in the No.22 Menards Chevrolet went into Sunday’s Kohler Grand Prix at the Road America circuit in Wisconsin with an 80 point advantage over Scott Dixon however the Frenchman who was battling his team mate Will Power for the lead of the race developed an issue with his engine and dropped down the order finishing the race in 13th place and speaking following the event he commented by saying:
We were having a really good day, but unfortunately we had a little issue with the engine. We had the Menards Chevy hunting for the win. We had a really good race going in this wonderful setting at Road America. The atmosphere was perfect. The race strategy was perfect. It’s tough when you have an opportunity and you can’t maximize it in the championship. It’s a tough day today, but we’ll bounce back. This team is incredible. They give me the best cars every weekend, so we’ll just move forward.