Will Power has had a disappointing season thus far. But, now that the Team Penske driver ended a 15 race winless streak, the second longest of his Indy Car career, can get win for a second straight week? The latest he won a race in a season was race No. 15 in 2013. Last weekend was race No. 14.
In Pocono, Power had the car to beat as he won on the Tricky Triangle for the third time in four years.
“The win at Pocono is what we needed to really turn our season around,” Power said. “The guys on the Verizon Chevy have worked so hard all season and I’m glad they could finally celebrate a win. We feel like this is great momentum headed into this weekend at (World Wide Technology Raceway) where we’ve also had some success.”
Power has also now won at least one race every season of his Indy Car career as well. That’s 13 straight years. Only Scott Dixon who now has won a race in 15 straight years has more.
Two races ago in Mid-Ohio, you could see the relief in Power when he won the pole for the Honda Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. He just wanted so badly to turn that into a win. Unfortunately, he was on the wrong end of tire strategy on his first stint and settled for a fourth place result.
This season is wearing on him. Mid-Ohio was a prime example. He’s watched his Team Penske teammates win seven times this season alone. They’re in the title hunt. But, Power is after the spoiler role as he knows he’s likely too far out to win the title. So, why not win out?
Saturday night could be the spot where he keeps it all rolling still.
Power, won this race last year after leading 93 circuits. He started on the pole in 2017 but was collected in an opening lap crash. He’s had the pace, but hasn’t translated that into a win until last weekend. Maybe he wins again on Saturday night.
Penske, has won five straight and 13 of the last 18 overall on ovals. On short ovals, Penske has won three of the four under this current aero package with the new car and six of the last seven overall.
“I’ve made it no secret that I really enjoy racing at ovals these days, so I’m hoping we can make it two in a row,” Power continued. “We are going to keep racing hard for every possible win or championship point we can get. We’re focused and ready for more.”