Will Power said he was confident heading into Iowa in July. The doubleheader was supposed to see him contend for wins on both nights. He felt like he had fast cars, just bad luck this season.
Unfortunately, that rang true for the first race.
Power, qualified his No. 12 Chevrolet third and was running in the top two near the midway point but his left front tire changer didn’t tighten his tire following his second stop of the race.
Power, crashed in Turn 4 shortly after as a result. He’d finish 21st.
“I just took off straight into the wall,” said Power then. “Not a good feeling. Unbelievable. So, so, so frustrating. Unbelievable.”
The weekend prior to that in Road America, he had a fast car but had the wrong gearing in Race 1. In Race 2, he was collected in several crashes.
A week prior to that in Indy, he started on the pole, led a ton of laps, but was on the wrong end of pit strategy after the Oliver Askew’s crash the stalled in pit road. Same exact thing happened in Gateway 1. Literally.
If luck went his way, he’d have at the very least six podiums this season if not a couple of wins too.
“Looking forward to trying to have a good rest of the season,” Power said after scoring his first Iowa podium in his last five tries. “I don’t know what I have to do to have normal races like Dixon and Pagenaud. Even if those guys qualify last, they still wind up at the front. Maybe I just try less and be a much worse driver and I think I’ll be way better.”
The Indy 500 was frustrating. So was Gateway. He qualified first and third but left with finishes of 17th and third respectively.
Next up could be Power’s play. Mid-Ohio is the next race and it’s a place where Power has five straight front row starting spots and seven in the last eight years. He’s also scored three podiums in his last four tries there too. Then, it’s to the Indy 500 where Power won in 2018.
“I’m really looking forward to racing at Mid-Ohio, and it’s nice to have a few road course races in a row, Power said. “We haven’t had one since the Road America weekend – a lot of ovals in a row. But it’s a fun track, a place with so many technical corners.
“It can be difficult but also really fun to race there. We’ve started on the pole there a few times, but it’s one of the tracks I haven’t won at yet. It’s been a goal of mine to get a win there, and I’m excited to have two chances to try and make it happen. We have a really fast Verizon Chevrolet ready to go.”
He needs to start stacking good finishes and get Lady Luck on his side again.