Power wins for first-time in 2020 at Honda Indy 200 Race 1

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Team Penske driver Will Power won the Honda Indy 200 Race 1 on Saturday at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, in Lexington, Ohio. This is Power’s first win of the 2020 season.

“We’ve had a pretty trying year,” Power said. “Everyone really has, with COVID and all the social distancing that we’ve had this year. The fact we are out here racing and that fact that we have some fans here (in Mid-Ohio) is great. This is what we love to do – we love to drive and we love to entertain. But it’s great to have the Verizon Chevrolet in victory lane. This is probably the first race in 10 years that I’ve just gone hard the whole time.

Verizon IndyCar driver Will Power stands with the Honda Indy 200 Race 1 trophy after winning the race
Will Power stands with the Honda Indy 200 Race 1 trophy after winning the race (Photo by IndyCar/Chris Owens)

“So many other races, we try and save fuel and play the strategy game, and a lot of times it just doesn’t work out. Today, we said, ‘Let’s just go hard.’ We said let’s just go hard and use my race pace and see what happens – and we won the race. This was just a race to put down good laps after good laps. It was just a flawless day and a flawless race. The whole Verizon team did a great job. It’s great to see Verizon in Victory Lane again, because it’s been awhile. It’s also great to finally win at Mid-Ohio – I’m over the moon about that.”

The Australian has struggled at points throughout the season. He also had one DNF, as he crashed in the Iowa 250 Race 1 on Friday, July 17 at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa.

Power has an average start of 5.2. However, even with this win, he has an average finish of 10.4 on the season.

He snapped his winless streak that dated back more than one-year. He won the 2019 Grand Prix of Portland on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019 at Portland International Raceway in Portland, Oregon.

Power now has 36 career IndyCar Series wins in his 13-year career.

Josef Newgarden took his PPG Paints/Verizon ride, also for Team Penske, finished second. NAPA Auto Parts/AutoNation driver Alexander Rossi, who drives for Andretti Autosport, finished third.

“It was a pretty straightforward day,” Newgarden said of his second-place finish. “Where we started is where we finished with the PPG Chevrolet. It was good to get by Ryan (Hunter-Reay) right there at the beginning of the race, and that helped us, for sure. But congrats to Will (Power) – he is still Will Power. He’s been knocked down a little bit this year, but he drove really well, and that was a clinic he put on out there [on Saturday]. I’m really happy for him, but we were just a couple of tenths slower than him all day long today.

“I could kind of tell we were fighting for second today. Team Chevy – one-two for us – so that’s good for them, and I’m proud of that. We just need to be a little better. We picked up some good points today, which is good.”

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