It was an odd weekend in that Will Power didn’t lead a single on-track session at Barber Motorsports Park.
Tristan Vautier, Power’s Team Penske teammate Helio Castroneves, and Simona de Silvestro led the three practice sessions, with Vautier, Scott Dixon and Ryan Hunter-Reay tops in qualifying sessions, and Charlie Kimball head of the warm-up.
The competition level is so fierce in the series that eight tenths of a second covered the top 24 cars in the 26-car field in the three official practice sessions.
“It’s phenomenal; I wish more people would write more about it!” Power told MotorSports Talk in an interview. “The top 24 cars covered by eight tenths of a second. In practice it’s just crazy. It sounds cliché but the competition level here now, there is no better series in that respect, it’s unbelievable.”
Power described the ebbs and flows of position changes in practice given how tight the field is.
“One session you can be first, then you don’t gain enough in the next and you’re 16th,” he said. “Two tenths swings it either way. It really is great. Man, it’s just tough for the series because it’s such good racing, with such good drivers, teams and product that we need to get more people watching.”
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