Will Power
Jun 28

IndyCar: Top contenders starting toward rear as Pagenaud earns first pole

27-29 June, 2014, Houston, Texas USA Simon Pagenaud celebrates winning the Verizon P1 Pole Award ©2014, Phillip Abbott LAT Photo USA

Simon Pagenaud celebrates winning the Verizon P1 Pole Award. (Photo: LAT Photographic)

HOUSTON – Points leader Will Power will have to race his way from the back of the field in Saturday’s Verizon IndyCar Series Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston Presented by the Greater Houston Honda Dealers.

The Team Penske driver takes a 39-point lead over teammate Helio Castroneves in Saturday’s race that starts at 3:40 p.m. ET, but Power starts way back in 18th after failing to advance out of the first round of qualifying.

Jun 8

From Red Flag At Indy To Green-White-Checkered Finish At Texas

Ed Carpenter leads the field back to green for a two-lap shootout. (Photo: Getty Images)

Ed Carpenter leads the field back to green for a two-lap shootout. (Photo: Getty Images)

Juan Pablo Montoya brought up the idea of how cool he thought green-white-checkered finishes could be for IndyCar only moments after his third-place finish at Texas Motor Speedway.

“No way,” Will Power quickly responded. “Not in IndyCar.”

Except that is exactly what had just happened Saturday night after a late caution led to a restart with two laps left at the 1 1/2-mile, high-banked track.

Jun 7

IndyCar: Carpenter Holds On To Win Firestone 600 At Texas Motor Speedway

Ed Carpenter takes the checkered flags at Texas Motor Speedway. (Photo: Getty Images)

Ed Carpenter takes the checkered flags at Texas Motor Speedway. (Photo: Getty Images)

IndyCar owner Ed Carpenter now drives his car only on ovals. He does it well.

Carpenter stayed in front of Will Power during a two-lap shootout to win at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday night after a late caution night wiped out his huge lead. The victory came two weeks after a late accident took away any chance to win the Indianapolis 500.

Jun 7

IndyCar Preview: Saturday Showdown Under The Texas Lights

A new aerodynamic package and tire degradation makes Saturday night's Texas race a fascinating showdown. (Photo: Getty Images)

A new aerodynamic package and tire degradation makes Saturday night’s Texas race a fascinating showdown. (Photo: Getty Images)

It used to be easy to pick a favorite for an IndyCar race because the power teams such as Team Penske, Target/Chip Ganassi Racing and Andretti Autosport.

It’s getting increasingly difficult to forecast a favorite, however, because the depth of the Verizon IndyCar Series field has increased and a new aerodynamic package along with Firestone tires that quickly degrade over the course of a fuel run has made Saturday night’s Firestone 600 a race of comers and goers.