Power recovers to fourth at Barber after early drive-through for contact with Sato

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While not an ideal result, fourth place marked a good comeback effort Sunday for Will Power at the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama. It followed off a second place qualifying effort on Saturday.

Power’s day nearly came unglued from the outset when he was warned about blocking Team Penske teammate Simon Pagenaud on the first lap.

Contact with Takuma Sato as Power exited the pits led to an eventual drive-through penalty that he served on Lap 26, and dropped him to the rear of the field.

But with a series of passes and others pitting in front of him, Power was back in the top-10 by Lap 50 and rose to fourth at the finish, after a late race move on Ryan Hunter-Reay and Helio Castroneves needed to pit for a final splash of fuel with two laps to go.

“I’m proud of the Verizon Chevy team today,” Power said. “For me to come back from the back after the penalty and finish P4 was a great job by our team.

“I feel bad for what happened with Sato. I didn’t see him, which was unfortunate.

“I think the race as a whole in Barber was the best all year so far. At this point we will look to Indy for a win.”

After the race, Power humored fans and observers with a series of tweets from the passenger’s seat as he and wife Liz headed back from Birmingham to Charlotte.