“Everyone went out on wets and the track was kind of sprinkled with water,” he said. “Made a mistake in (Turn) one, and that was it, that was just foolish of me not to know that.”
After the session, his Penske team said it will change Power’s Chevy engine, so he’ll start 17th instead of seventh on Sunday.
“We don’t give up much. Just need a good start + luck,” he tweeted.
Power and Hunter-Reay have both won three consecutive races this year, with Power’s three wins coming in the first month of the season. Power said he knows what he needs on Sunday to move closer to re-claiming the points lead he lost to Hunter-Reay after Toronto two weeks ago.
“We’ve just got to have a good day,” he said. “Just bad day after bad day after bad day _ gotta have a good result.”
Hunter-Reay and Power are among four drivers who have already been informed by IndyCar they’ll be penalized for engine changes. The other two are Dixon and Simona de Silvestro, who have surpassed the five-engine limit for the season and will be penalized for every engine change over the final five races.
“Everybody here has swallowed that pill. It’s part of it,” Hunter-Reay said. “It’s just the way the series is this year. We can argue all day if 10 spots or five spots is right. It definitely hurts when it happens, that’s for sure.”