Will Power was heading towards his best-ever oval result until a minor pit-lane incident ruined his run in the ABC Supply Co/AJ Foyt 225 at the Milwaukee Mile.

Having secured his best-ever oval qualifying performance, with fourth place, the Team Australia driver ran in the top ten for most of the 225-lap race, easily his strongest showing on an oval, but a small mishap during a late pit-stop undid all his good work.

While making a routine call for fuel and tyres, Power clipped the wall as he attempted to drive around the rival car of Tony Kanaan. The mishap delayed the Australian, dropping him to the rear of the lead lap, while the impact, although minor, altered the angle of Power's front wing, making his car handle poorly in the closing stages and denying him any chance of driving back up the order.

"This should have been a really, really good result for us," the IndyCar rookie sighed, "It's so frustrating to run so well and then miss the opportunity to take advantage of it. This is about the most disappointed I've been after a race. I can't believe it.

"We had such a great Aussie Vineyards car here in Milwaukee, and this is the sort of oval where the driver comes into it a lot, so it was always going to suit us more than some other tracks. The pace we showed proved we are capable of getting some great results. We should have had a great finish, but something so small ruined our weekend."

Power has just five days on dwell on the error, with the next round of the series taking place this Friday at the daunting Texas Motor Speedway.

"We've got Texas next weekend, so we'll give it our best shot to put things right," he insisted, "We keep improving and the team is just great, so I think we can get back into the top ten in points."

 

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