What obstacles? Power Stages Great Comeback

What obstacles?  Power Stages Great Comeback

In motorsport, drivers can encounter all kinds of difficulties. Dangerous spins. Various penalties that, if enacted, could result in a racer losing their seat. Navigating difficult track terrain. And of course fall behind. All of these serve as barriers to hinder racers from reaching peak performance.

Sunday, 2014 NTT INDYCAR SERIES Champion Will Power overcame all four on the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

In Saturday’s qualifying session, Power was penalized for interference against former Team Penske teammate Helio Castroneves. Power had to give up his two fastest laps, leaving him 21st starting in the Honda Indy 200 in Mid-Ohio, presented by the all-new 2023 Civic Type R.

As if it wasn’t challenging enough to recover from that, Mid-Ohio is a track historically difficult to pass. Just to add to these obstacles, Power also dropped the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet turned into turn 9 on the first lap and even fell all the way to the back of the drivers. The spin was the result of entering the right side of the curb while trying to pass rookie Christian Lundgaard and Takuma Sato.

Despite all this, Power still managed to make an amazing comeback, finishing third, one of the best comebacks of this season.

The winner of the 2018 Indianapolis 500 and the 41-time winner of the INDYCAR SERIES race, Power is no stranger to achieving success even in the face of various difficulties. But even this was a lot to overcome.

“I spun, kept (the Chevrolet engine) running, kept going… passed a few cars and then went back to the pits, went backwards, and then yeah, I just started passing cars,” he said. “Good pit stop sequence.”

This persevering mentality not only allowed him to recover so well from the spin, but also enabled Power to recover well from penalties.

“The yellow actually hurt us for the heats, but it helped us restart,” he said. “We had some good restarts, certainly positions gained through restarts. Yes, solid – another great day, good strategy, and yes we stay in the points game. †

Power moves into the second half of the season – eight of the 17 races remaining – in second in the standings, 20 points behind leader Marcus Ericsson, the winner of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge.

It’s clear that Power had a great day, but Power also knows that his day could have been even better without the penalties.

“We had the fastest car and it really hurts to give up a chance for pole or possibly a win, but to come back in third place, you don’t look back on those days and say that’s why we have a championship, absolutely.” he said.

One of the reasons Power believes it contributed to his success is his mindset.

“I think the lesson is that even if you don’t pass cars today, you’re still taking positions,” he said. “If you don’t make mistakes to begin with and then have a fast car and make smart moves, you’re going to make positions.

“You can’t get too desperate – like the first lap, that was just in the wrong place where I spun. But yeah, these races are so unpredictable, as you’ve seen all year. If you stick with it, you’ll end up in a good place.”

And he did end up in a good place. Such a comeback only proves his expertise in the sport.

Despite this success, Power has no intention of giving up anytime soon.

“You have to make the most of everything,” he said. “There are tracks where your car is better at, where you are stronger at, some tracks click really well. That’s a path you need to keep working on, so be strong everywhere.”

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