INDIANAPOLIS – It wasn’t the day that defending Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis winner Will Power wanted. In fact, from qualifying on, this weekend went from phenomenal to down right dismal for the Team Penske driver.
Power, was quickest in two of the first three practice sessions of the weekend at the 2.439-mile road course, as the other session he was fifth. That made him the odds on pole favorite.
But, Power made a mistake in the second round of qualifying ,as he started today’s 82 Lap race 12th.
From that moment on, it’s been all down hill.
Power spun early on in the race while trying to hold off rookie Alexander Rossi as he went from a top 10 to 24th. He would rebound to get back inside the top 15, but he was caught with a blend line violation on his final pit stop as he would have to serve a drive through penalty as a result.
That left him down and out as he brought his No. 12 Verizon Wireless Chevrolet home 19th.
Now, he’s fallen way behind his Penske teammate of Simon Pagenaud in the standings, as this result mixed with missing the season opener at St. Pete back in March has him well over 100 points out of the lead.
This weekend went from a dominating one to a disaster, as it puts even more pressure on him for the ‘500 as he not only needs to qualifying extremely well, he probably needs to win.