Verizon IndyCar Series points leader Will Power made a pit stop in Milwaukee yesterday as part of the pre-race promotion for the Milwaukee IndyFest weekend. He served up paninis and soup from the Simmer MKE food truck, then ran some demo laps at a go-kart facility here.
While here, he took the time to reflect on the Houston weekend and the level of competition he’s facing this year, as the driver of the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet looks for his first career championship.
“I’m already over it,” Power told MotorSportsTalk, referring to Houston. “At the end of the day, with two laps to go, we were sitting third. So it wasn’t for a lack of speed or anything. It’s just Houston has not been kind to Team Penske the last couple years.”
Power was an animal in his first stint. After starting 18th, Power was already up to 13th by Lap 4, 10th by Lap 17, fifth by Lap 25 and then fourth when he pitted on Lap 29. Once the pit stop cycle completed its run, Power was in third and in podium contention until the parts failure that struck.
We continue to discuss the level of competitiveness the series currently has on display, and Power reiterated what a challenge it is to nail the setup perfectly once a team unloads on a race weekend.
“You’re to the point in the season now where you’ve just gotta get it right on the weekend, right out of the box,” Power said. “You don’t have time to do quite as much setup and preparation.”
He does like this current flow of races, where there’s six events in four weekends. But the recovery day after Houston was definitely needed before he came up to Milwaukee for the day.
From here it’s onto Pocono (Sunday, noon ET, NBCSN), and Power confirmed the key is to avoid losing too many points on this double points weekend.
“Double points can be a big hit with the guys you’re fighting with,” he said. “It’d be awesome to win. Anytime you win an oval you’d be bloody happy.”