NEWTON, IA – Will Power just keeps eating away at his Team Penske teammate Simon Pagenaud’s points lead. In early June, Power was 12th in the Verizon IndyCar Series points standings entering the Duel weekend at Belle Isle as he was over 100 points out of the lead just a little over a month ago.
Now, four races later, Power is all the way up to third in the standings, as he’s only 75 points out of the lead with six races left still in the year. He’s also only two points behind second place Josef Newgarden in the standings, and with Newgarden not going to be able to race at Texas in August, it appears Power is going to be Pagenaud’s main rival for this year’s championship.
That’s why Power was screaming on his radio like he won the race when the checkered flag flew on Sunday’s Iowa Corn 300, but he instead finished second. Power said the second place finish felt like a win to him, with how it shaped him in the points championship and how badly he’s struggled over the course of his career at Iowa.
“We’ve never finished well here. We had a really good car,” a happy Power said after the race. “We had an even better long run car. I’m just so stoked. This is what we needed.”
Power, was fourth with 10 laps to-go, but he passed Pagenaud with eight to go, and Scott Dixon with five to go as he grabbed his fourth top five of the season.
Pagenaud came home fourth today which allowed Power to cut even more points out of his lead.
What’s allowed Power to storm back is two wins and a runner-up in the last four races while Pagenaud’s finishes in his last four races are 13th, second, 13th and now fourth.
This championship is far from over as Power is on a roll. The same kind of roll that Pagenaud had to start the season.