Will Power wins at Road America
Will Power, driver of the #12 Verizon Chevrolet IndyCar V6, celebrates his victory Sunday, June 26, 2016, after winning the Verizon IndyCar Series Kohler Grand Prix at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. (Photo by Michael L. Levitt/LAT for Chevy Racing)
ELKHART LAKE, Wis. – A long-awaited day for Verizon IndyCar Series fans came at Road America and they weren’t disappointed, as Will Power claimed victory in a brilliant KOHLER Grand Prix on the historic permanent road circuit.
Power, in the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, held of Tony Kanaan in the No. 10 NTT Data Chevy by 0.7429 of a second to claim his 27th career victory. It ties Power with Johnny Rutherford for 13th on the all-time wins list. Power led 46 of the 50 laps to boost his career total 2,999, passing Rodger Ward for 16th on that chart.
Following the race, track president George Bruggenthies said today was the largest-attended event on Road America history.
The start of the race featured plenty of action, and early trouble for a pair of four-time series champions. While pole sitter Power led from the get-go, Sebastien Bourdais suffered damage to the rear of his No. 11 Team Hydroxycut – KVSH Racing Chevrolet and had to pit on Lap 1 for the KVSH Racing crew to replace the rear wing assembly.
Six short laps later, Scott Dixon, who started on the outside of the front row, saw his No. 9 Clorox Chevrolet slow and the Chip Ganassi Racing driver retired due to mechanical issue, finishing 22nd. The result will cost Dixon valuable points in his fight for a fifth series championship.