ELKHART LAKE, Wis – Heading into the June 9 race at the Texas Motor Speedway, Will Power was coming off of three top two finishes in his last three starts on the Verizon IndyCar Series season. He sat on top of the points standings and looking like a championship favorite.
Power, swept both races in the Month of May at the Indianapolis 500 and was coming off of a runner-up effort in the second Dual in Detroit.
But, in the two races since, Power crashed out after 204 Laps at Texas and had an electrical problem occur on his No. 12 Chevrolet on the drop of the green flag in Sunday’s race at Road America. He rolled off today’s Kohler Grand Prix second, but once the green flag was displayed, he quickly fell back in a hurry. Power would have to hit pit road while his Verizon Team Penske team tried to diagnose the issue. Unfortunately, they weren’t able to send him back out as his day ended after two laps in 23rd place.
“It’s amazing on how this season swings,” said a disappointed Power following his third finish of 20th or worse in 2018. “That just means that hopefully it can swing back the other way.”
Power, leaves Road America fifth in the standings, 65 points out. While that’s still within striking distance, he can’t afford finishes like he’s had. In Phoenix, he was heading towards a top five finish but crashed while maneuvering through lap traffic. He’d lead 80 laps that night. Two races later, he crashed on a rainy restart in Barber and finished 21st. He was running second at that time. Other than that, other than an early race spin in St. Pete, Power has been very good this season. When he’s not making mistakes or having electrical problems, he’s finishing either first or second.
It’s been that kind of a year so far.