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2019 Laguna Seca Test: IndyCar - Will Power Press Conference
Posted by: ASkyler on Sep 20, 2019 - 06:26 PM
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2019 Laguna Seca Test: IndyCar - Will Power Press Conference

Will Power, No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevolet, led the Chevrolet contingent in today's test leading into Championship Weekend for the NTT IndyCar series at WeatherTech Raceway at Laguna Seca. Power was second on the final time sheet with a lap of 1 minute, 10.5383 seconds/ 114.219 mph.


THE MODERATOR: What did you learn today?

WILL POWER: Quite a bit actually. We made a lot of changes. Definitely got into a pretty good window I'd say of the just need to work a little bit on the racecar. On the long runs, we weren't quite good enough.

Yeah, just down to fine adjustments now, trying to understand the tire when they come on and such. Yeah, happy with the productivity today.

THE MODERATOR: I suspect you very much would like to end the season having won three of the last four races. Be a great springboard for 2020.

WILL POWER: Absolutely. That would definitely help. In Josef's case, it makes it harder for the other guys to get him. Yeah, we'll see where we qualify, where the teammates are. Obviously the main thing for this weekend is for the team to win the championship.

If we qualify on pole, that makes it an easy job for me. That's definitely the aim.

THE MODERATOR: A loaded question, but do you have a preference in teammates?

WILL POWER: I do not. I do not. I never play those games. Definitely not favoring anyone in the championship. They're both there. They both deserve it, including Rossi. I know how hard it is to get to that point. You got to give the guys that have made it and have a chance a lot of respect, honestly. You can't be playing any games out there.


Q. Graham Rahal said earlier the track is very slippery. How are the conditions at the end of the day?
WILL POWER: Actually, I tell you, the track was a lot better than when I tested here last. I was pleasantly surprised. It's quite fun out there. Tires degrade, the cars slide around. I think that's good, definitely in the drivers' hands.

Q. We saw you caused a red flag at the end. Where did you go off?
WILL POWER: It was in turn six. I was on a really good lap. Had a car in front of me, a Carpenter car. Second time today. I don't know what guy it was. What can you do? It's a short track.

Q. You did a really long run just before that. Seemed like 30 laps. How much did the tires go off?
WILL POWER: Yeah, they definitely went off for us, over a second, yeah.

Q. What will Roger expect from the three of you on Sunday? How does he want you to race? Protective of each other or just your own race?
WILL POWER: It's going to be different for Simon and Josef. I'm not in the game. Simply for me it's whatever those guys need. If I'm ahead, on pole, then it's take points away. Win the race and make it much harder for someone else to win the championship.

See how it plays out in qualifying. I understand my position. Those guys would do it for me if the positions were reversed, yeah.

Q. Last night at the media function, Josef was talking about how driving for Team Penske sort of is viewed by some fans like the Death Star because you guys win too much. A faction of fans that love to hate you, some love you, but some think, Why do they win so much? Do you feel that way? Was there an adjustment at all when you went there?
WILL POWER: I haven't even ever thought of that. Yeah, I guess if I was looking from the outside, Screw those guys, man. Too big of a budget. Get them out of here (laughter).

No, I honestly have not felt that. You know what, you know when you are truthful in the media, you get called out on Twitter. People hate the truth these days. They hate the truth. You know if you said something right when everyone is mad at you on bloody Twitter. You got to be truthful.

Q. Is the corkscrew a Will Power type of a racetrack? Seems like that is something you would really enjoy.
WILL POWER: Yeah, I mean, corner you got to work out. They all are around this joint. They're all different, very different.

Yes, quite a technical track. Definitely I was going to say ballsy, but bravery track. That's why this bloke is up here, look at him, he's fast in the fast corners. That's where his time is. He's definitely brave.

I got to get back to my inner 19-year-old, just don't care. You would think I was a 19-year-old out there throwing it off all the time, though. He's keeping it on the track, yeah.

THE MODERATOR: We'll allow Will to be a 19-year-old. Thank you, Will.

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