Originally written on Race Review Online  |  Last updated 12/8/14
Pocono, PA- Entering this weekend, Will Power had a commanding 39 point lead on his Team Penske teammate Helio Castroneves for the Verizon IndyCar Series points lead. He even led his other teammate Juan Pablo Montoya who was fifth in the standings by 116 points. He knew if he could run a solid race at the Pocono Raceway on Sunday afternoon then he would have a good shot at winning his first series championship. But, like the previous seasons a mistake on an oval could be the thorn in his back for the title. Power, started second and was running in the top four all day. He had himself in a position for the win in the end as did the other two Penske drivers. But, a costly mistake in the closing stages of the race ruined a Penske podium sweep and Power’s championship hopes. Shortly after the Lap 165 restart, Power was racing hard with Montoya for the lead. They touched but never slowed. Montoya got by as Power fell back into the grasps of Castroneves as a battle for third ensued. Power, then made a ill-advised mistake that proved to be costly. The Aussie, moved over to block Castroneves with 27 laps-to-go in the 200 Lap race. It was clear and blatant. I don’t know what he was thinking to block someone like that let alone a teammate. He would slow down enough to let him by but the damage was already done. IndyCar penalized Power for blocking as he had to serve a drive through penalty with 25 laps-to-go. It was his fifth penalty of the year and the most damaging. He never was a factor the rest of the way as he still had to pit again. Power, brought his No. 12 Verizon Wireless Chevrolet home 10th in today’s 500-mile race. With Montoya and Castroneves finishing 1-2, they cut into his points lead by a lot. Now, Helio and Power are tied a top of the standings heading to Iowa next weekend and Montoya moved up to fourth in the points and only trails by 55 points. It was a big swing for everyone as Power opened the door for the championship. What makes this mistake even worse was is it was a double points weekend. That allowed everyone even more opportunities to close in. Talk about an ill-advised mistake at a bad part of the race in a bad race to do it in for Power. Eric Smith is the Lead Motorsports Writer for Race Review Online. He’s covered both NASCAR and IndyCar action since 2010 and has been credentialed to many races around the country. He’s also recognized as an accredited member of the media by both NASCAR and IndyCar. Follow him on Twitter @ericsportsguru The post IndyCar: Will Power’s Blocking Penalty Costs Him Big Time in Points appeared first on .

Jon Lester to sign six-year, $155 million deal with Cubs

Report: Clemson QB to have knee surgery, miss bowl

Report: Duke coach turned down Michigan job

Lakers latest to wear 'I can't breathe' shirts

Report: Saints benching former first-round pick Kenny Vaccaro

Magic Johnson wants Lakers to lose for high draft pick


White Sox load up, look interesting, remain nimble

Jerry Jones: I'm for two more playoff teams right now

Cubs acquire Miguel Montero from Diamondbacks

Cam Newton suffers two lower back fractures in car accident

Report: Pirates re-sign Francisco Liriano to 3-year deal

Mark Jackson calls out Warriors owner during Sunday sermon

WATCH: Robin Lopez continues feud with Pistons mascot

WATCH: Tony Allen does funny dance during game

Gronk was worried career was over after knee injury

Police want to interview Floyd about murder-suicide

WATCH: Lane Kiffin cracks Nick Saban height joke

Johnny Manziel got huge money cake for his birthday

Report: Clowney to miss nine months after knee surgery

NFC playoff picture, Week 15: 49ers drop from contention

Sean Payton calls more than 10 players in for ‘review’

Woodson wants Jim Harbaugh to coach Michigan over Raiders

MLS Cup sees over 50%increase in viewership from 2013

Glazer: ESPN are ‘lying bastards’ over stealing Manziel report

IndyCar News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Gronk worried for career after injury

Lester chooses to sign with Cubs

Police want to interview Floyd

Duke coach turned down Michigan?

Lakers wear 'I can't breathe' shirts

Manziel gets money birthday cake

Clowney out 9 months after surgery

White Sox load up, look interesting, remain nimble

NFC playoff picture, Week 15: 49ers drop from contention

Glazer rips ESPN over Manziel report

Cam Newton involved in accident

Report: Manziel to start for Browns

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.