INDIANAPOLIS – Will Power knows that Saturday’s INDYCAR Grand Prix (3 p.m. ET/NBC/IndyCar Radio Network) may not be a good chance for him to win for a fourth time in six tires on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course. He noted just how tough it is to make up positions in this series these days.
The last four years this race has been won from the pole. Power, won three of those four. Three of the last five races overall have been won from the pole position too.
“Yeah, if it’s a full green race, he has a great chance of winning the race,” Power said of pole sitter Felix Rosenqvist. “Obviously he’s going to have ol’ (Scott) Dixon sitting behind him saving a bit of fuel trying to go a lap longer. But yeah, if you start at the front, man, and it’s an all-green race, these days in IndyCar, you’re in a great spot because no one makes mistakes anymore. Like everyone is super quick, and teams know the strategies, the pit stops are good. It’s tough if you qualify back a little bit. It’s so hard to gain positions.
“It used to be there was a lot of yellows and restarts and crashes, and it just doesn’t happen anymore. The quality of the field is so good, and the quality of the teams that it’s really hard if you don’t qualify well to make hay, make your way up the grid.”
So, for Power to be starting sixth, he knows there’s a tall hill to climb on the flat 2.439-mile circuit on Saturday afternoon. Still, it’s not all gloom and doom for him though. Power, is after a good points day and knows this is his best chance to reenter the championship race.
Heading into Saturday’s 85 Lap race, Power sits sixth in the season standings, 73 points out. He lucked out in the sense that some of his main challengers are starting towards the back.
Points leader Josef Newgarden rolls off 13th. Second in points Alexander Rossi starts 17th. Fifth place Ryan Hunter-Reay will come from 16th. Power, has the advantage over them on Saturday and hopes to keep that in an effort to close the gap.
“Yes, it is,” Power said on if Saturday is a chance to make up points. “It’s about time that we had just a good clean race and a good result and made some points back. Yep, definitely look at that. I hope it plays out that way.”
Power, has a good record here. He has three wins in four years and has led 56+ laps in each of those three races. He’s not out of his championship race yet.