Will Power wins at Portland

Power Wins at Portland

by The Earl of Indy, Robert Earl |

Will Power has won 2 of the last 3 races by taking the title at Portland International Raceway. Power lead a race high 52 laps on the way to a 2.7885 second victory over rookie Felix Rosenqvist. Title contender Alexander Rossi finished 3rd, but was not able to gain more points as points leader Josef Newgarden recovered from the first lap, first turn pile-up to finish fifth after having to drop to the back of the pack. Colton Herta led 36 laps and finished fourth.

Lap 1 – Turn 1 Carnage – IndyCar Media

Absolutely. It was a pretty tough race. (Felix) Rosenqvist caused some pressure. At the end we could slowly pull away and I felt like oh yeah, this is going to be good; and then we got that yellow flag and I?m like oh, come on, man! But, I was determined to get a good restart and just so stoked to get into Victory Lane. It helps the teams and the other guys take some points away. Awesome. I?m exhausted. I?m mentally exhausted.

Will PowerTeam Penske following the race

Power was asked about Scott Dixon. Dixon was forced to pit from the lead with a battery issue.

Yeah, he was pretty quick on reds. It would have been interesting on blacks. That guy was really good on blacks as the stint went on. He was going to get a tenth or two on me in that stint but I don?t know. Who knows? But, I?ve had enough rough luck in races. I?ll take them any way I can get them.

It was a tough day because it was so green. There was the yellow at the start, but then it was getting your fuel number and pushing as hard as you can to get as much out of it as you can. It was kind of mentally draining with a very long couple of stints.
Blacks were definitely better for us; we weren’t as good as reds.
We’ve had plenty of what-if years. We will just race right now how we will race next year. It is so good to go into next year with a couple of wins.

Will Power
Jack Harvey and Ryan Hunter-Reay tangle on lap 14, ruining a great weekend for Harvey

Thoughts from the drivers

It is not that I wanted more, I just wanted less for [Josef Newgarden]. The 27 NAPA Andretti Honda boys did a good job. We maximized what we had. I don?t think we had a race-winning car today, unfortunately. Starting in seventh and finishing on the podium is a good day. We finished in front of our championship rival. It will be pretty intense in California, but I am looking forward to it.

Alexander RossiAndretti Autosport Honda – Finished Third

Where we finished is about what we could hope for from a 13th-place start. We got kind of in the mess at the start. That is the risky part when you qualify 13th. You can end up in the mess like we did at the beginning. Fortunately, we didn’t hit anything. We kept going and that was the most important part of the day. Then we just worked on making the most of the rest of the day. Climbing into the top-five was what we had from where started, as I said. It was a good day for the guys. The Hitachi car was quick at the end. We weren’t too quick at the start, but toward the end it got better and it helped us get positions we needed. Chevy did a great job as always. We can’t be disappointed with fifth. Overall it?s a solid day to head to the finale.

Josef Newgarden after finishing 5th
Josef NewgardenPortland – Photo by: IndyCar Media Stephen King

It turned out to be not too bad of a race! After getting hit in the first corner, I did not think we would have much of a chance after that. We definitely had damage to the car, but it handled alright. We were able to have some good pit stops, good strategy and ultimately good pace. We got through the field and worked out way up to 6th, which is not bad considering where we were after the first lap. It makes you think ?What could have been?? but hopefully we can have another strong race at Laguna Seca.

Spencer PigotEd Carpenter Racing Chevrolet – Sixth Place Finisher
Spencer Pigot

It?s the championship so you have to be there. So even when days are tough? rebounding from 18th to finish seventh was a really good performance. We made all right decisions in the race. The car felt really good, which is good for next year when we come back. But the biggest thing is that we are in it. We?re going to Laguna at a chance at the championship, which is really exciting. Anything can happen there with double points. Anything is possible.

Simon PagenaudTeam Penske Chevrolet – Seventh Place Finisher

We just didn?t have the pace for the top six, but we were comfortably in a top-seven position. We got held up a little in the pits on our last stop which allowed [Simon] Pagenaud to have a go on me on cold tires, then he drove me off track. I wasn?t just going to let him go by, I had to put up a fight for my position. What should have been seventh or eighth for the Oberto team ended up as 13th.

Marco AndrettiAndretti Autosport Honda

?Obviously not the result that we wanted with the #9 PNC Bank car. We had a great car, and it was clean sailing out front for us in the lead. The team did a great job. We just lost power and when that happens you can?t shift and you can?t use the clutch. Luckily, we were able to get to pit
lane so the crew could get us to the pit box [to replace the battery]. I just hate giving away an easy win like that. Congrats to Felix [Rosenqvist] on finishing second. That?s the second time he?s done that in just the past few races, so good job there. The last two races haven?t been the best for us in terms of luck, but we?ll just focus now on winning at Laguna Seca.?

Scott Dixon – PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing Honda

2019 Grand Prix of Portland Final Results

1. (2) Will Power, Chevrolet, 105, Running

2. (5) Felix Rosenqvist, Honda, 105, Running

3. (7) Alexander Rossi, Honda, 105, Running

4. (1) Colton Herta, Honda, 105, Running

5. (13) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 105, Running

6. (10) Spencer Pigot, Chevrolet, 105, Running

7. (18) Simon Pagenaud, Chevrolet, 105, Running

8. (21) Matheus Leist, Chevrolet, 105, Running

9. (12) Sebastien Bourdais, Honda, 105, Running

10. (22) Charlie Kimball, Chevrolet, 105, Running

11. (20) Max Chilton, Chevrolet, 104, Running

12. (19) Tony Kanaan, Chevrolet, 104, Running

13. (16) Marco Andretti, Honda, 104, Running

14. (23) Ed Jones, Chevrolet, 104, Running

15. (17) Takuma Sato, Honda, 103, Running

16. (3) Scott Dixon, Honda, 102, Running

17. (14) Santino Ferrucci, Honda, 96, Mechanical

18. (6) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Honda, 81, Contact

19. (4) Jack Harvey, Honda, 13, Contact

20. (8) James Hinchcliffe, Honda, 0, Contact

21. (9) Conor Daly, Honda, 0, Contact

22. (11) Zach Veach, Honda, 0, Contact

23. (15) Graham Rahal, Honda, 0, Contact

Race Statistics

Winner’s average speed: 104.225 mph

Time of Race: 1:58:43.0036

Margin of victory: 2.7885 seconds

Cautions: 3 for 17 laps

Lead changes: 7 among 5 drivers

Lap Leaders:

Herta, Colton 1 – 36

Dixon, Scott 37 – 40

Rosenqvist, Felix 41

Bourdais, Sebastien 42 – 44

Dixon, Scott 45 – 51

Power, Will 52 – 72

Rosenqvist, Felix 73 – 74

Power, Will 75 – 105

NTT IndyCar Series point standings:

Newgarden 593, Rossi 552, Pagenaud 551, Dixon 508, Power 469, Sato 397, Hunter-Reay 380, Rosenqvist 365, Rahal 353, Ferrucci 339.

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