I wrote about this during the Month of May at Indy but it has to come up again as the Verizon IndyCar Series heads towards the Pocono Raceway this weekend. Will Power is the best oval racer in the series today. Yes, Will Power.
A few years ago, this statement would have knocked fans off their feet. See, out of Power’s 34 career INDYCAR wins, 27 have come on road and street courses. He’s arguably one of the best drivers ever on those circuits. AJ Foyt, Mario Andretti and Al Unser Sr. have 29 combined road course wins. Michael Andretti has 28. Scott Dixon has 24. Those are the top five drivers on the all-time INDYCAR wins list.
While 19 of his first 20 INDYCAR wins came on road/street courses, four of his last six have been on ovals. Furthermore, he’s won the last three of the last four superspeedway INDYCAR races and four out of the last five. Also, since 2013, the series has hosted 32 races on ovals, Power has won six of them, most out of any driver.
As we head towards Sunday’s ABC Supply 500 (1:30 p.m. ET/NBCSN/INDYCAR Radio Network) Power is certainly a favorite. He dominated the Indy 500 back in May in leading 59 of 200 laps. He won in each of the last two years at the Tricky Triangle. He has finished outside the top four in four of his five Pocono starts. He’s also had his No. 12 Chevrolet out front in every Pocono race as well with laps led of 15, 69, 2, 55 and 34 respectively.
“I’m definitely ready to race this weekend at Pocono,” Power said of his chances this weekend. “It was awesome to spend time with my family this past weekend, but I’m ready to get back on track. We learned a few things at the Indianapolis tire test (on Aug. 6) and I’m really excited to apply those to the race at Pocono in the No. 12 Verizon Chevy. The last two times we’ve raced there, we’ve had a really strong performance, but with three very different turns, it’s always a challenge to race there. Everyone is hungry for wins at this point in the season. Being in the championship hunt, we need a really strong run there to keep running toward the championship and we’re ready to do just that.”
He is coming off of a sixth place finish at Iowa and third place run two weeks ago in Mid-Ohio. There’s reason to believe Power will win on Sunday.