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Power suffers engine issues as KOHLER Grand Prix begins

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Engine issues appear to have befallen Team Penske’s Will Power, who entered the KOHLER Grand Prix third in the Verizon IndyCar Series championship standings – the Indianapolis 500 winner was 36 points behind leader Scott Dixon entering the weekend.

Power, who started second, immediately started plummeting through the field once the green flag waved, and he headed for the pits at the end of Lap 1.

His No. 12 Verizon Chevrolet Penske team quickly went to work to identify the problem before taking it back to the paddock area.

IndyCar on NBC pit reporter Marty Snider reported that the team identified it as a header problem, and while they tried making repairs – Power did get back out on track for one lap – they were unable to fix the issue and retired the car.

“They replaced the exhaust, and it just blew straight back out. So, there’s obviously something going on in there that’s gone wrong,” Power said to Marty Snider after he climbed out of the car. “I feel bad for all the guys. It’s just one of those things, you know – you’ll get that every now and then at some point. No good, but we’ll move on to the next one.”

Power will finish 23rd.

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Wickens shares new update, shown working on a pedal machine as he continues rehab

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Robert Wickens continues his recovery from injuries sustained in a crash at Pocono Raceway in August.

On Friday, Wickens posted a new video of his rehab efforts on his twitter page. In the new update, Wickens is shown working on a pedal machine while connected to electrodes as part of his physical therapy.

Wickens even quipped “I’m riding a bike!” in the short video.

The IndyCar Series community continues to rally around Wickens and offer support as he continues the rehab process, and several of his fellow drivers responded and offered more messages of support.

Prior to the season-ending INDYCAR Grand Prix of Sonoma, Wickens released his first video update since the Pocono crash, thanking everyone for their concerns and kind words of encouragement.

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