MADISON, Ill — Will Power has to wonder what he ever did to piss off the racing Gods. For another race, bad luck kept the Aussie out of victory lane. Power, was leading on the second to last stint. All he needed was an uneventful final pit stop and the win was his.
He had one too. Unfortunately, he had a slower in/out lap due to lapped traffic compared to Josef Newgarden and Pato O’Ward. Heading to that stint, Power was first and Newgarden third. Leaving it, Newgarden was first and Power third.
It’s all due to factors beyond Power’s control.
Same thing on Saturday too. He was second on the second pit sequence but a caution for a light rain storm just after took him out of contention. He’d finish 17th as a result. The exact same thing happened on July 4 at Indy. He started on the pole there too and dominated but a caution came at the midway point during the middle of a pit sequence.
Then, in Road America, they got the gearing wrong and he had nothing for Scott Dixon in the end.
At Iowa, a tire wasn’t tightened and instead of a top two, he’d crash.
I can go on and on. While Power was surely happy for a podium on Sunday, the frustration continues to boil for him to figure out who to change his luck around.
“I think the best option for us was to pit with the 5 and the 1,” Power said on Sunday. “That would have kind of covered those guys. It’s just tough decision. Tough decision for the strategists, to be honest. Unfortunate to have led all those laps and not come away with the win.
“Still a good day. I mean, points mean nothing now for us. Still great to get on the podium.”
Power was still happy for Chevy to get a 1-2-3-4 result when it was all said and done though.
“Yeah, it’s very good for Chevy to have the top four finishers,” Power continued. “It was unfortunate at Indy. We all had troubles in qualifying. Obviously the boost level probably took us by surprise a bit.
“Yeah, I feel like it’s very equal on every other track.”