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Power: Double points too far for Indy 500

May 11, 2014, 6:56 PM EDT

Will Power AP

We honestly weren’t expecting too much out of the Day 1 press conference for the Indianapolis 500 opening day of practice, but a few intriguing nuggets emerged.

Will Power, who led the session, was asked about how much the points championship will swing as a result of the rest of the month of May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Double points are awarded to the race itself, and qualifying will see points awarded both days – with a maximum of 42 available if a driver qualifies first on both Saturday and Sunday.

As a reference point, Power currently leads the Verizon IndyCar Series points standings with 149 points from four races. The maximum total someone can achieve for the Indianapolis 500 is nearly identical – 145 if a driver won the race (100), qualified fastest on Saturday (33 points) and Sunday (9), led a lap during the race (1) and led the most laps (2).

“I think double points is honestly way too far, but it is what it is,” said Power, who’s long been regarded as the series out-and-out fastest driver on road and street courses, but has traditionally struggled on ovals.

Power, who hasn’t had the best of recent success at the 500 (he’s finished 8th, 14th, 28th and 19th the last four years), says he’s due to break out of that slump this year.

“I’ve struggled recently here, but my performance to finish fifth in ’09 gave me the chance to be full-time,” he explained.

“So it’s time to have a good Indy 500 finish. With the things that have happened, it’s time to have a good finish… which is a win.”

Power was asked whether he could afford to carry any momentum into this race from winning the series’ most recent 500-miler, the 2013 season finale at Auto Club Speedway. He took that positivity into the offseason but now, with four other races complete, he said it’s akin to water under the bridge.

Do you think this is a case of Power merely sounding off at a race where he doesn’t think he can succeed, or does he have a point? Either way, the quote’s out there, and we’ll be interested to see how the points shake out after this year’s 500-miler is complete.

  1. Jeff - May 11, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    I don’t call Will whiney for nothing. Sounds like sour grapes to me.

    • testover6370 - May 12, 2014 at 12:38 PM

      Ironic, since all you’ve posted in 3 straight articles in whining about Penske.

      • Jeff - May 12, 2014 at 5:56 PM

        Not really since there were three straight Penske-related articles posted.

  2. manik56 - May 11, 2014 at 10:14 PM

    Of course it is sour grapes, but he is also right. I see no good reason one race should be worth more than any other.

  3. kitnamania13 - May 12, 2014 at 8:29 AM

    I have no problem with the double points for a race that’s double distance and then some, but the qualifying points are stupid. Just give a point for pole (or is it two, whatever) and be done with it.

  4. testover6370 - May 12, 2014 at 12:39 PM

    I like the double points for the 500 mile races but the Indy qualifying points are over the top.

  5. crunge4461 - May 14, 2014 at 2:49 AM

    Double points for the Indy 500 is great. Not sure about the qualifying points. However, the Indy 500 is the jewel of the series, it is a high speed, long distance race and should be double points…I have actually thought this for some time…there is no way that a race at Belle Isle and the 500 should be the same points. It is good, more than twice the distance, double points, this is good.

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