Will Power heads to Sunday’s Honda Indy 200 reeling. See, the Team Penske driver made two mistakes on the streets of Toronto and would finish 18th. Last weekend in Iowa, he had a podium car but made a costly error coming to pit road for his final pit spot of the night. He’d get penalized as a result and finish 15th.
Both days he had good cars and both he left with finishes not indicative of that. Now, he heads to Mid-Ohio not wanting to end this three race skid with a bad taste in his mouth.
“It’s no secret that we’ve had a tough season, but we’re not letting it bother us and are just letting it push us to be better,” said Power. “I’m a big fan of road courses so I feel like we have a good shot at doing really well this weekend. The Verizon Chevy team has worked hard on the car we’re bringing to Mid-Ohio and I feel like we will be able to finally have some luck on our side.”
Power, has three consecutive top three finishes in Mid-Ohio to go along with four straight front row starting spots too. Plus, starting up front could lead to laps led, something that he hasn’t done a lot of lately.
Power’s 49 laps led in Iowa were his first circuits out front since leading three laps in Belle Isle. He only led seven in the Indy 500. Since Barber, Power has led just 61 laps overall.
Will Power leads his Team Penske teammate of Josef Newgarden during last year’s Honda Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course – INDYCAR Media Site
But, all he needs to lead on Sunday is the last one. Furthermore, if he can lead at least seven, then he’d have 4,000 for his Indy Car career.
That would be remarkable as he’d join just 10 other drivers to accomplish that feat.
Career Lap Leaders
Mario Andretti – 7,595
Michael Andretti – 6,692
AJ Foyt 6,621
Helio Castroneves 6,037
Al Unser 5,802
Scott Dixon 5,521
Bobby Unser 4,863
Dario Franchitti 4,579
Paul Tracy 4,256
Tony Kanaan 4,071
Will Power 3,993
Sunday could be a history making day for Power. He led nine laps in last year’s race. He led 14 more laps at Mid-Ohio in 2017. He led 57 in a win in 2012.