Will Power wins second race at Belle Isle
Will Power, driver of the #12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet IndyCar V6 celebrated his victory Sunday, June 5, 2016, winning the second of two Verizon IndyCar Series Chevrolet Dual In Detroit races on Belle Isle in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Michael L. Levitt/LAT for Chevy Racing)
DETROIT – Will Power’s Sunday started with frustration, but by day’s end the Australian found redemption at Race 2 of the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans, ending a 19-race Verizon IndyCar Series winless streak.
Power won today’s 70-lap race on the 2.35-mile temporary street course by 0.9203 of a second over Team Penske teammate Simon Pagenaud.
Following Saturday’s first race of the doubleheader weekend, when a loose wheel ended his day in 20th place, Power started this morning’s qualifying looking to make amends. After watching Pagenaud (No. 22 Hewlett Packard Enterprise Chevrolet) post the fastest lap of Group 1 of qualifying in a Raceway at Belle Isle Park record 1 minute, 14.0379 seconds (114.266 mph), Power posted a faster lap in the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet – only to see his two top laps revoked by a qualifying interference penalty.
The punishment relegated Power to an eighth-place starting spot, while Pagenaud won his fourth Verizon P1 Award of the season and second of the weekend.
“It’s frustrating, man,” a frustrated Power said after qualifying. “I mean, we were so fast.”