Power Finishes Runner-Up To Rossi On Sunday At Road America, He And Newgarden Question Why They Were
PLYMOUTH, Wis – Will Power has had the speed but not the finishes in his No. 12 Chevrolet lately. But, for Sunday’s REV Group Grand Prix at Road America, the speed finally matched the finish.
Power, brought his No. 12 Chevrolet home runner-up in Sunday’s 55 Lap race at Elkhart Lake for his third podium of the season and second in four tries on the 4.014-mile Wisconsin road course.
“Absolutely, some of the results we’ve had this year were heartbreaks, you could say, like at COTA (Circuit of The Americas). I’m happy with second,” said Power on if this runner-up gives him much needed momentum.
His last top two finish came back at Gateway last August. He won that night. That came after a second place finish at Pocono the race prior. The winner that day? Alexander Rossi.
Rossi, led 180 of 200 laps at Pocono last August. On Sunday, Rossi led 54 of 55 laps as he was in a class all by himself. Power, was second best as he was 4+ seconds clear of third.
It was the day that Power has been searching for.
Last year, Power started second in this race but had an electfical malfunction at the drop of the green flag. He’d finish 23rd.
That’s how his luck has gone this season. Power, was leading at COTA, the first 45 laps at that, but an ill timed caution came out before he hit pit road. Then, while on pit road, another electrical malfunction. At Barber, his car just wasn’t there as he’d finish 11th. Same for Long Beach and the INDYCAR Grand Prix with both resulting in seventh place finishes.
He finally rebounded at Indy but only after a costly pit road infraction near the midway mark of the race. In Belle Isle 1 he had issues in both races but the second one he rebounded for a third place finish. At Texas, he just didn’t have it and finished ninth.
If you’re keeping track, that’s two top five finishes in his last eight starts on the season.
But, with all that being said, to finish 28 seconds behind Rossi has him and his teammate Josef Newgarden questioning where they missed the setup.
“Very good result for us,” said Power. “That’s all we had. Alex (Rossi) was on another planet there. The two guys we needed to have a bad day were Alex and Josef (Newgarden) and they keep having good days, so certainly makes it tough to catch up in the championship. We’ll just keep chipping away with the Verizon Chevy to see what we can do.”
Power, went on to say that he thought that they had a good race car. It had very good pace and the right amount of balance, but he never saw Rossi once all afternoon.
His teammate Newgarden is also questioning the same thing. How were they so strong but also so far off?
“We did what we could today with the REV Group Chevy,” said Newgarden. “I think Will (Power) and I were just trying to hold down the fort in second or third, but you know, there’s still good effort from everyone. We, obviously, had a little bit of a gap there and Andretti Autosport and Alex (Rossi) did a great job today, so we’ll go back to the drawing board. I think we need to work on our road course (performance), but good effort. Chevy still gave us a great package and having REV Group on this weekend was really nice, so we’ll take a third for today.”
When asked about his comment on working on road courses, the current series points leader said, “I don’t know. We have to go back and dissect it. I wish I had the answer.”