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2014 Detroit: Will Power IndyCar Post-Race Press Conference
Posted by: ASkyler on Jun 01, 2014 - 08:41 PM
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2014 Detroit: Will Power IndyCar Post-Race Press Conference


WILL POWER, NO. 12 VERIZON TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET

We'll continue with our second-place finisher today, Will Power.

Will, very strong weekend for Team Penske in qualifying and the race. What did the team give you?

WILL POWER: Yeah, actually I made a change this race. My car was definitely better than yesterday. I think the biggest hit was a drive-through penalty. Still I was surprised to end up in second. I didn't know where I was the whole race until it went yellow and suddenly, Oh, there's only one car in front of me, wow.

Yeah, it was just a good day for Roger. I think on the last restart, last two restarts, I wasn't going to attack Helio too hard. You know, last thing Roger would want to see is two cars in the wall. I was going to be nice there unless he made a big mistake.

Yeah, just over the moon for Chevy and Roger.

 

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THE MODERATOR: Questions for Will.

Q. What was your reaction to the penalty? It looked like you could have turned right there a little quicker.

WILL POWER: If only (laughter).

I was actually surprised how he came across. Obviously he didn't see me because he must have had someone on his outside. I have to look at the replay before I comment on it.

You know, I've been on the good side and the bad side of the penalties. You know what I mean? I'll take it. I'll go to race control, watch the replay with them, yeah, give my explanation.

Q. I think you jumped back into the lead for the championship. A good day for you. Couldn't be much better.

WILL POWER: Yeah. If you look at points, I guess you could say it's a good points day. I don't even look at it anymore. Try to just have good days, have fun and try to win. That's all we can do in racing.

If you want to be a points racer and feel conservative all the time, it sucks. I've been through that three years in a row, so I'm not doing it anymore.

Q. On your second and third pit stops, you came out of the pits and got into the 117s quickly, Helio was doing 118s. Faster on cold tires? Did you know?

WILL POWER: I did not know what was going on. I didn't realize Helio was behind me at any point in the race until he told me on the podium, I was behind you.

So, yeah, it's one of those races, team just tells me what fuel number, how hard to go, yeah. My guys, you know, I have so much faith in my engineer and Tim Cindric, all the guys on my car. I feel comfortable they'll always put me in a good position. Rarely will they put me in a bad position.

In practice, qualifying, any time, just a very solid team. Yeah, love working with them.

Q. You alluded to what this weekend means to Roger. What does it mean to get back-to-back wins like this?

WILL POWER: Yeah, like I said, it's just great. Roger loves this city. We run Chevrolet engines. These are the days Roger just loves. He's an out-and-out racer. To have his cars finish 1-2, win yesterday, win both races, that's what keeps Roger going. I think he just loves it.

I've never seen someone so enthusiastic about racing. I mean, he'll fly to a NASCAR race, next day he's going to an IndyCar race, he calls Helio's race. The result like this is just great for Roger.

Q. (No microphone.)

WILL POWER: We're never told that. C'mon, you know, you're given such a good opportunity. Roger is a racer. Never team orders, never. He would have been happy with me. He wouldn't have said a thing if I attacked Helio, went hard at him. I know the worst thing that could have happened was both of us end up touching. Helio was tough anyway. It would have been tough to get by him.

No team orders. He's an out-and-out racer.

Q. As a competitor, as a teammate, how happy are you to see Helio get a victory?

WILL POWER: Actually happy after the 500 because I felt he drove a race to win it. Both him, Hunter-Reay and Helio, phenomenal, putting everything on the line there. I think Hunter-Reay just had a little faster car. What a performance he put on.

He was just on fire from the moment he first practiced, first lap. So I think it was deserved.

Q. Will, even though you're not looking at the points, do you feel you're getting some real momentum up now?

WILL POWER: Yeah. Just getting solid results every weekend. Trying to be mistake-free. Trying to forget about the championship in every race, just try to do your best. That's really all you can do. Try to keep out of trouble. Obviously drive-through penalty is not a good thing today. Same at Indy. But, yeah.

Q. Do you see Helio coming into contention?

WILL POWER: Yeah, he'll be there. I mean, he's very consistent. He's got better in his old age. I don't know how (laughter). Gives me hope. I got a pretty long career. But, man, since I started, he's kind of changed his driving style. More similar to the way I drive now.

He's just very strong. He's gotten strong. The guy has passion for winning and motorsport itself, which this sport is very tough on you. A guy like him that hasn't won a championship, he's been so close.

Yeah, he'll be a contender this year. He's relentless. To me he's better than when I first turned up on the scene for sure. Definitely better.

Q. Fontana is two miles, Texas is one and a half. Your confidence level going into Texas next Saturday night?

WILL POWER: Yeah, I definitely want to do a better job than what I did last year. We got a bit more downforce. My teammate absolutely destroyed the field last year. No excuses on the car front. That is just confidence on ovals. It's a very light downforce we run now, and you're lifting.

Yeah, we just got to turn up there, see what we got, try to have a good weekend.

THE MODERATOR: Will, we'll see you next weekend. Thank you.

WILL POWER: Thank you.


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