Power: Two down, two to go en route to a perfect month of May (VIDEO)


INDIANAPOLIS – Will Power said after his pole position on Friday, ahead of the Verizon IndyCar Series’ Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis, that he wants to finish in four sessions in the month of May.

Those sessions are in order: Grand Prix qualifying, Grand Prix race for the Grand Prix, Indianapolis 500 qualifying and Indianapolis 500 race.

Power’s a perfect two-for-two to kick off the month.

After securing the pole on Friday with a new track record lap around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course, Power dominated Saturday’s race en route to his first win of the year, which seemed only a matter of time before he finally got on the scoreboard for the season.

Power led 65 of 82 laps and also held off the advances of Graham Rahal, who yet again put in a dynamic drive for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, the single-car team up against the might of the four-car Team Penske brigade.

“Yeah, that was as good as you get as far as no mistakes, good start, good restart, good stops, good out-laps, good in-laps. Just did everything we needed to do to win,” Power said post-race.

“I think back, I can’t think of anything that I felt was wrong with that race. You don’t often get that in IndyCar. So, yeah, it was a very good day.”

It was a day that is part of Power’s month of May motivation for 2015, as he now seeks to check the next box on his resume.

Power’s been one of North American open-wheel racing’s best drivers since his full-time arrival in Champ Car in 2006, and particularly since he joined Team Penske in 2009 on a part-time basis before his full-time team appointment in 2010.

But thus far it’s been the month of May that has eluded him.

Power finished fifth in the 2009 Indianapolis 500, his career best in the race, as a then-third car part-time alongside teammates Helio Castroneves (last race winner) and Ryan Briscoe. He had a car he thought could have won in 2010 but didn’t achieve the win.

A year ago, Power finished eighth after a drive-through penalty served as an unforced error.

The Australian is determined to overcome that past frustration this year.

“It’s funny, I came in this month determined to have a good month,” Power said. “I haven’t had that for so long. It’s working out. It’s just awesome to win at this place. It just is. I mean, you know, you look at the event, you look at the facility itself, it’s first class. The road course is phenomenal. It’s smooth, technical. Then you have the Cathedral of Speed, you could call it. It’s just an unbelievable month for motorsport.

“2009 and ’10 were years I felt I had a car to win it. Especially 2010, it was an unbelievable car. Just something would happen every time. The last couple years, last year was my mistake getting a drive-through penalty. I have to put myself in that position to challenge at the end of the race. I’m really determined to do that this month. I really want to get it right and win that race.”

Power’s set himself up nicely to do just that on the strength of an overdue first win this year achieved on Saturday.

It remains to be seen whether he follows it up and completes IndyCar’s first month of May IMS “double.”

Supercross: Husqvarna’s Jalek Swoll and Malcolm Stewart out with injury

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Jalek Swoll and Rockstar Energy Husqvarna teammate Malcolm Stewart sustained injury in separate crashes late last week. Stewart missed Anaheim 2 and Swoll will not mount up for the 250 East season opener in Houston on February 4.

“Spent all of yesterday in the ER and today getting surgery so haven’t been able to make an update post,” Swoll posted on Instagram. “Spiral fractured my humorous yesterday and was lucky enough to get into surgery today. Absolutely heartbroken that I couldn’t show all the hard work me, [Mike Brown], [Aldon Baker], and [Joel Perez] were working on truly felt like this year was going to a big one with massive improvements we made but I guess it just wasn’t my time.”

The team announced on Instagram that Swoll underwent successful surgery to repair a broken bone in his arm, sustained in a practice crash on Friday. After missing the division opener, no further timeline has been given for his return.

Swoll made eight starts in the 250 West division last season with a best finish of fifth. In 2021, he scored his first SuperMotocross win in the outdoor Pro Motocross season at High Point Raceway in Mount Morris, Pennsylvania.

Stewart missed Anaheim 2 due to a practice injury. Likewise, the team did not announce a timetable for Stewart’s return.

He showed a lot of speed in the first two rounds before accidents eliminated him from contention in both rounds. He finished 16th at Anaheim 1 and 15th in San Diego, putting him in a points’ deficit that was already going to be difficult to overcome.

Stewart entered the 2023 season with a ton of confidence and believed all he needed was to stack his chips the right way to get this year’s championship.

Husqvarna is now represented by RJ Hampshire in the 250 West division and Christian Craig in 450s.

Hampshire had a rough weekend in Anaheim 2 and finished 11th in the overall standings after scoring a last place result in Race 2 with a bike sidelined by crash damage and a 13th in Race 3 after another fall.

Craig has not yet scored a top-10 on his 450 with a best of 11th at San Diego and Anaheim 2.

The news of these two injuries comes on the heels of the Pro Circuit Kawasaki team losing three of their four 250 riders.

Last week, Pro Circuit Kawasaki announced Seth Hammaker would miss the season opener with a wrist injury. Almost immediately, it was announced Jo Shimoda would also miss the 250 East opener with a shoulder injury.

Chris Blose will serve as a replacement rider in the 250 East division with Carson Mumford scheduled to replace the injured Austin Forkner in the West.