Some fans cheered on Alexander Rossi as he closed in on Will Power in the last 20 laps of the Chevrolet Grand Prix of Detroit yesterday. The veteran NBC broadcasters were 100% sure that race leader Power’s tires would not last. Nobody seemed to give Power a chance.
But Towoomba’s greatest living export proved the predictions wrong!
Power maintained a quick enough pace, while minimizing tire degradation, to take the win. In the post-race interview, Power commented that he just kept the car pointed straight, minimizing slip angle, to preserve the tires, while also keeping plenty of ‘push-to-pass’ extra turbo boost in reserve for the last lap fight to the line. It was a truly brilliant performance from an experienced driver with newfound maturity.
Sunday June 5th 2022 will be the last Detroit Grand Prix at the Belle Isle track. Power was lucky enough to win the race again, this time with his brother Damien (visiting from Australia) there to experience it. Last time Damien was at the track, his brother Will won the Indy 500! Truly a good luck charm.
Also on hand were Will’s wife, Liz, and their young son, Beau. Part of the podium celebration at Detroit is the customary splash in the James Scott Memorial Fountain, a tradition started by Ryan Hunter-Reay almost a decade ago after a particularly hot race. Despite cooler water temperatures this year, Will, his family, his Penske crew and even the Chevy engine guys (who powered Power to Chevy’s 100th IndyCar win) splashed around the fountain like kids in a sprinkler. It was one of the happiest moments in recent IndyCar history.
At Demaras Racing headquarters, Daniel and Chris nervously watched their favourite driver take his 41st win in American open-wheel racing. He’s only 1 victory short of tying the illustrious Michael Andretti for 4th on the All Time Wins list. Will Power has always been an inspiration to the Demaras family. The Aussie road-racer who became an oval-track expert as he evolved into one of the best racers in the world.
All through his kart racing career, and now in Formula 1200, Daniel proudly races with Will Power’s No. 12.