Will Power and Team Penske will search for answers after the No.12 Chevy suffered an issue at the start of Sunday’s Kohler Grand Prix from Road America, causing a big points hit for the Indy 500 champion.
Polesitter Josef Newgarden, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Alexander Rossi led a bevy of cars past Power at drop of the green flag as Power sank all the way to the back in just two corners. The Penske crew took off the cover on pit lane before taking the car to the paddock area and finding a blown right side header. Fourteen laps later, the car was brought back out for another try, but the No.12 was retired after two total laps.
So just weeks after taking the Verizon IndyCar Series points lead with his month of May sweep and finishing seventh and second in the two Belle Isle races, Power now sits fifth in the standings after a crash at Texas and today’s 23rd-place finish.
“I don’t know [what happened],” Power told NBC Sports. “They replaced the exhaust and it blew straight back out, so it’s obviously something going on there, going wrong. Feel bad for all the guys, just one of those things, you know, you get that every now and then at some point. No good, but we’ll move on to the next one.
“I don’t think it’s an exhaust problem, it’s something within the engine, who knows. They’re going to look deeply into it, obviously, something like that happens. It’s either keep moving forward, think about Iowa, and try to have a good car there and get back in the points.”
Power, who’s now 15 points back of teammate Josef Newgarden in fourth and 65 behind points leader Scott Dixon, said he’s looking ahead to Iowa instead of worrying about a couple bad results.
“It’s amazing how quickly it swings, but that means it could swing back the other way, and we have plenty of races. Head down, and keep working at it because we can definitely win the championship from here.”