Will Power paid tribute to the Penske team for the aggressive strategy that helped him to win Sunday's IndyCar race at Barber Motorsports Park from ninth on the grid.
Power was the only driver in the top 10 to start on the prime Firestone tyres, meaning that he was able to use the softer red tyres when the cars around him had switched. Team president Tim Cindric, who calls the strategy for Power's car, also pitted the Australian out of sequence to maximise his time in clear air.
"It was an absolute team effort," Power said. "We went in thinking that we have to kind of be a little off-strategy [compared] to the other guys to be able to pass around here. So we started on black tyres, everyone else started on reds. We went to reds when everyone was on blacks. That got us a couple of spots.
"Then, good stops and good strategy calls put me out in clean air so we could use our speed. The strategy was perfect. The stops were perfect. We were quick when we needed to be, put ourselves in a position to win, which I did not think was possible this morning."
Power's win was his second in as many years at the Alabama circuit.