Will Power, polesitter for the ABC Supply 500, has vehemently rejected criticism from some drivers about his allegedly slow start, in which Spencer Pigot and Graham Rahal got together and there were several other near-misses in the pack.
“Exact speed they wanted – 107 miles an hour. I actually went before the start zone, and if you look, Scott Dixon’s the one trying to get a big run, as he blames me — but I’ve got the data,” Power declared. “Never ever faulted on speed, so it was just as they wanted. It wasn’t a late start it was actually an early start and I maintained speed. It was the guys back there that tried to jump, if there was an issue.”
Power and his Penske team subsequently revealed data traces to NBC Sports that appeared to back up his assertion.
Power added that he didn’t blame the ensuing brutal crash that red-flagged the race on cold tires either.
“No, it’s just not a corner you can do that on — and it’s a 500-mile race,” he said of the Turn 2 collision between Ryan Hunter-Reay and Robert Wickens. “I didn’t watch the accident — I don’t like watching them, but from the sounds of it, if you’re not right up beside someone, you’ve gotta give. It’s fast, and it’s one lane.”