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Will Power finished third Sunday at Barber Motorsports Park. (IndyCar photo)

Strategy Lifts Power To 95th Podium Finish

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Will Power used strategy to his benefit to collect his best finish of the NTT IndyCar Series season Sunday at Barber Motorsports Park.

Power, the reigning series champion, started 11th and finished third aboard the Team Penske No. 12. It was Power’s 95thpodium finish in the IndyCar Series.

Like his teammate, Scott McLaughlin, who won the race, Power used a three-stop strategy to his benefit during the 90-lap contest.

“Yeah, it worked out well. We had a very fast car,” Power said. “Any time we had clear air, we were pumping out some seriously quick times. During that last sequence is where we gained a ton of track position. I was able to do 67s in the last few laps.”

Power ranks seventh in the standings after four races, but is pleased with his team’s performance.

“I would say in the start of my season, it’s just been pretty good,” Power said. “I wouldn’t say it’s a bad start of the season at all. I’ve been happy with all the results except for one, which was Texas. You can’t win ’em all. In fact, it’s very difficult to win one or two in a season. You just have to keep racking up good finishes.

“Yeah, I mean, it’s good for the whole group on the car. Obviously mentally for yourself, it’s a very positive thing. Everything’s heading in the right direction.”

With the month of May at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on the horizon, Power knows his team needs to continue improving.

“Indy is a very, very different animal in terms of the 500,” Power said. “Obviously, you have the Grand Prix before that. But, yeah, the 500 is a very standalone, tough, unique event. Yeah, we’re hoping to be in the game this year. We’ve been pretty disappointed with the performance the last few years.

“We’ll wait and see. You don’t say anything. We’ve done a lot of work.”