Will Power was well on his way to becoming the king of the NTT IndyCar Series in terms of poles. Heading into the 2019 season, the Team Penske driver had already amassed 54 career Indy Car poles. Only Mario Andretti (67) had more.
Then, to make matters better, Power came out and won the NTT Pole Award for the first two events of the season as well. He only trails Andretti by 11 for the career total mark. But, that’s where the surprise of the season has come.
Power’s qualifying stats have dipped to career lows. Power, hasn’t qualified his No. 12 Chevrolet on the front row since those two poles, as we will head to Iowa next weekend with Power not having a front row starting spot since March 24.
While he did qualify in the Fast Six or Fast Nine in five of the first six races, his last five qualifying attempts have seen him qualifying outside the top 10 in four of them.
On Saturday, Power didn’t even make it out of the first round of knockout qualifying in Toronto. He will start 15th. That’s the first time he failed to make it out of the first round of a road/street course race since 2015.
What’s baffling is, Power’s two Penske teammates made it to the Fast Six. So, it’s not like the entire Penske camp is lacking in the speed department.
Power, won this race in 2016 but has finishes of 21st and 18th respectively since. With a Row 8 starting spot, his chances of winning are slim. That ruins his championship chances as he entered this weekend with an outside shot of it still. But, with the four drivers ahead of him all starting inside of the top five, his chances really go out the window without some help in Sunday’s Honda Indy Toronto (3 p.m. ET/NBCSN/INDYCAR Radio Network).
Power, qualifying only 12th and 11th respectively in Belle Isle. He was just 15th in Texas. All that momentum from a runner-up result in the last race on June 23 in Road America is now out the window.