Leeds, Ala – Will Power was well on his way to ending his bad luck. Power, started on the pole for Sunday’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama and led the first 21 laps before he had to pit for the first time of the day. In fact, that little sequence was the only time he didn’t lead for much of the race.
Power, led the charge down pit road on Lap 64, as at that point of the race, he’d have lead all but four laps around the Barber Motorsports Park.
Power won the race rather easily off pit road too.
But, Charlie Kimball stayed out which forced Power to restart the race second. He would hang around until Kimball pitted with 15 to go, but unfortunately for Power, he had a left rear tire puncture. He’d have to bring his No. 12 Chevrolet down pit road just two laps later which dashed any hopes of him winning.
“I feel bad, it’s literally five races in-a-row,” a dejected Power said. “I don’t know what to say. We had such a fast car all day. I could feel it starting to bottom and issues with fast corners. I knew it was going down. You could feel it.
Despite leading a race-high 60 of the 90 laps today, Power would finish a disappointing 14th. With coming home 19th at St. Pete in the season opener, and 13th last weekend at Barber, Power now sits a disappointing 12th in the points standings, 67 points out.
He had an electrical issue at the end of the race at St. Pete and had a first lap incident with Charlie Kimball at Long Beach. Now, a tire takes him out of contention today.
It’s a horrible start to the year for Power who now has to hope he can capitalize on qualifying points as well as double points at Indy to gain more ground.