Will Power drove the wheels off his Team Penske Chevrolet at yesterday’s IndyCar race at the Milwaukee Mile, winning the race from pole and staking his claim on the 2014 driver’s championship with authority.
Finishing second behind Power, a resurgent Juan Pablo Montoya worked his way through the field to challenge Power late in the race, but got hung up in lapped traffic and never got within a second- about as close as you need to be for “push to pass” to work- to actually challenge Power. Even if he had, however, you get the sense that this was always going to be Power’s day.
The Milwaukee Mile win was Power’s first on a short oval– an un-banked oval, at that!- and his first oval win of the season. “It’s a race I had in my mind all year that I wanted to come and win, definitely.I thought last year I had a very strong car,” said Power. “I was at a point where I really wasn’t in the (driver’s) championship hunt. I had Helio in front of me, so I didn’t want to make a move.”
Power is more than “in the hunt” now. His win at the Milwaukee Mile puts him in the championship points lead, 39 points ahead of Penske team-mate Helio Castroneves. However, it’s worth keeping in mind that this is IndyCar, and 39 points? Well, “That’s nothing,” Montoya said, referring to the fact that there are two races left, as well as the double-points finale at Fontana- tracks where Power’s main rivals (Castroneves and Montoya) have been historically strong.
That’s the future, though. Until then, you can see how Will Power orchestrated his dominant Milwaukee Mile win in IndyCar’s handy infographic, below. Enjoy!