By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
This is Power’s first win of the 2019 season. In addition, it is his third win of his career at Pocono, as he also previously won in 2016 and 2017.
“I had a few issues during the race but we just kept coming back,” Power said. “Full credit to the team. We had a great car and we just kind of hung there and saved fuel and when it was time to go, I went. I was so determined and I really wanted to win. This is my 13th year in a row of winning races and I have been thinking about that. I just wanted to win a race for Verizon and these guys who have worked their butts off all year and just haven’t had the results.”
Power, driving the Verizon ride for Roger Penske, also led 31 of the 128 laps on the 2.50-mile track. He also won potentially the final race at Pocono in a while, as this was the final year of their IndyCar contract.
There is already speculation this race will be replaced by a potential race in Richmond, Virginia next season. However, no official announcement has been made – and will not be made for the next several weeks.
Scott Dixon, driving his PNC Bank ride for Chip Ganassi Racing, was the second place finisher. Simon Pagenaud, driving his Penske Truck Rental/Verizon car for Roger Penske, was third.
Pagenaud led the most laps on the day with 64. Scott Dixon also had 32, while Josef Newgarden had one lap led besides Power’s 31 laps led.
There were six drivers, who did not complete the race. Colton Herta, driving the Capstone Turbine ride for Harding Steinbrenner Racing, crashed on lap 72. Spencer Pigot also crashed his Autogeek/Direct Supply ride for Ed Carpenter Racing on lap 39.
Ryan Hunter-Reay, driving the DHL ride for Andretti Autosport, was also involved in a crash on lap 25. James Hinchcliffe – who recently got married – crashed the Arrow/Lucas Oil ride for the Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports team on lap 19.
Both Takuma Sato, driving the Mi-Jack/Panasonic ride for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, and rookie Felix Rosenqvist, driving the NTT Data ride for Chip Ganassi, were eliminated on a lap 0 crash.
The multi-car crash that took out Sato and Rosenqvist looked similar to the one that happened in 2018 that seriously injured Robert Wickens. Thankfully, nobody was hurt in this crash.
Sato’s car actually landed on Hunter-Reay’s DHL ride and reportedly caught on fire, according to the announcers. Rosenqvist rode across the top of the fence for several feet.