INDIANAPOLIS — Depending on whom you talk to, Will Power either is a free agent at seasons end, or not. With Scott McLaughlin coming over for the season finale at St. Pete on Oct. 25, most are wondering if it’s a one way ticket for the Australian to the United States.
McLaughlin is either replacing Power or Penske is expanding to a fourth full time team. But, Power isn’t going away without a fight. He’s showing that maybe he should be back for 2021 and all the talk that he wouldn’t be was all for not.
Power, led all 75 laps in perfect fashion in Saturday’s Harvest Grand Prix. It was his 39th career win, tying him fifth on the all time wins list. Earlier in the day, he won his 61st career pole moving him six shy of tying Mario Andretti for most ever.
You don’t part ways with a driver like that. Roger Penske is a smart businessman and has to see that.
Power, honesty should have more than two wins in 2020 anyways. An ill advised caution and stalling on pit road in the first race on the IMS road course on July 4 is a reason to why he doesn’t have three wins. What about the wrong gearing call in Road America 1? What about the tire literally falling off his car in Iowa 1 after a stop? There was another wrong caution in St. Louis 1. A slow stop in Indy 2. He could have won all those races or at the very least landed on the podium.
The other races?
Two runner-ups, a third and a seventh in the other five.
Power didn’t forget to drive. He’s still the fastest driver in the field. The luck is what’s been plaguing him.
It’s been like this for years. Now, the luck is turning back his way. He’s won at least one race every year since 2007. He’s all the way back up to fourth in points and 13 shy of moving into third.
“It was kind of disappointing not to be a part of the championship because we know we have the speed to do it,” Power said. “It’s just yellows and some unfortunate incidents in the pits for us that really have put us out of contention.
“One of these seasons, I’m going to start strong. It’s been a long time, but one day I will start strong. And that one day needs to be next year.
“We’ve had such great potential with speed, just all around. We have a fantastic team, great group of guys. Just kind of little mistakes here and there cost us dearly. Days we were going to win, well, last race I stalled in the pit, then recovered to seventh.
“Certainly a few events like that where we would have been well in the championship hunt had things gone the other way.”
Power, says that his career is an incomplete still with one title to his credit.
“It’s disappointing for me to look back and only have one title,” he said Saturday. “With the amount of wins, laps led, poles. Yeah, if you go through the last decade, I’ve had more wins, but only one championship.”