Will Power doesn’t care what NASCAR struggled with in its Chase-deciding race last month at Richmond International Raceway.
He’ll do what he can to help Team Penske teammate Helio Castroneves win the IndyCar Series championship Saturday night at Auto Club Speedway.
If that’s manipulation, so be it.
“I can take a very high line [around the track], let’s just say that,” Power said of possibly allowing Castroneves to pass him, if necessary to beat Scott Dixon. “If we just sit there and say I’m going to race my teammate really hard for the win, what are we talking about? Everyone knows what the deal’s going to be. That’s what it’s going to be.”
Power continued as Castroneves and Dixon sat next to him.
“Every single team in this pit lane in this situation would do the same thing,” he said. “It is what it is.”
Castroneves, who has a 25-point deficit, didn’t apologize for teamwork. That’s the reason why AJ Allmendinger was added by Roger Penske for this race.
“If we get in that position, that’s a great problem to have,” the Brazilian said. “Hopefully it will be like that, then we’ll talk about it later.”
Michael Waltrip Racing was heavily penalized for its actions at RIR as Brian Vickers was asked to pit to help teammate Martin Truex Jr. make the Chase.
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