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Will Power, Team Penske - Q&A

After clinching his first win of the year at one of his favourite and most successful circuits, Will Power spoke with the media at Sonoma Raceway.
Will Power won the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma on Sunday, and after celebrating in victory lane the driver along with team owner Roger Penske fielded questions from the media in the press centre.

Q:
We have been joined by race winner Will Power and team owner Roger Penske. This is Will's third win in Sonoma. He won in 2010 and 2011. It's his 19th career IndyCar win. He's the 10th different winner this season.

Will, congratulations. Walk us through your day.

Will Power:
Thank you. It was a lot more yellows I think than anyone anticipated, so you really had to survive a lot of restarts. A bit of a different strategy there between a bunch of cars to survive that.

Kept putting ourselves in good position. Really happy for all the Verizon guys, my crew, all the people that worked so hard to put us in this position.

Q:
Roger, your team has had a lot of success here. Talk about the race today and why you've been so successful here.

Roger Penske:
I think when we come here, we look forward to it. Racing in northern California is pretty special. Many years I raced here at Laguna Seca and here obviously.

This is a key part of the season for us, for Helio, and obviously Will was looking for that first win. With his skill here, he got that bad accident where he got hurt, coming back here and doubling down as he has the last three years is pretty important.

There's a lot of strategy. Restarts looked like a NASCAR race, guys moving, pushing and shoving. At the end of the day, I don't like to see the call that had to take place. Everyone saw it. It's unfortunate. That's the way racing is. So we'll move on.

Q:
Will, just how huge of a relief is this for you to finally get a win?

Will Power:
It is. I'm actually very happy for my guys. I think we all expected to be a little bit more competitive. Not that we haven't been, we've just had some bad things happen to us.

Very happy. I've learned a lot this year. I've been in the back of the pack. I've learned a lot about restarts. When you have a tough year, you really start searching, looking. You pick up things. Really feels like next year I'll come back more a complete driver.

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Will Power celebrates after winning the Grand Prix of Sonoma IndyCar race in Sonoma, California on Sunday, August 25, 2013 (Photo Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Will Power celebrates after winning the Grand Prix of Sonoma IndyCar race in Sonoma, California on Sunday, August 25, 2013 (Photo Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
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Juan Pablo Montoya, driver of the #2 PPG Team Penske Chevrolet IndyCar V6,  celebrates winning pole position for the Pocono IndyCar 500 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. Montoya won the pole and will start in the front row next to teammate Will Power, who qualified second. (Photo by Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Juan Pablo Montoya, driver of the #2 PPG Team Penske Chevrolet IndyCar V6,  celebrates winning pole position for the Pocono IndyCar 500 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. Montoya won the pole and will start in the front row next to teammate Will Power, who qualified second. (Photo by Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Juan Pablo Montoya, driver of the #2 PPG Team Penske Chevrolet IndyCar V6,  celebrates winning pole position for the Pocono IndyCar 500 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. Montoya won the pole and will start in the front row next to teammate Will Power, who qualified second. (Photo by Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Juan Pablo Montoya, driver of the #2 PPG Team Penske Chevrolet IndyCar V6,  celebrates winning pole position for the Pocono IndyCar 500 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. Montoya won the pole and will start in the front row next to teammate Will Power, who qualified second. (Photo by Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Juan Pablo Montoya, driver of the #2 PPG Team Penske Chevrolet IndyCar V6, celebrates posting the fastest time Saturday, July 5, 2014 during qualifying for Sunday`s Pocono IndyCar 500 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. Montoya won the pole and will start in the front row next to teammate Will Power, who qualified second. (Photo by Michael L. Levitt/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Juan Pablo Montoya, driver of the #2 PPG Team Penske Chevrolet IndyCar V6, celebrates posting the fastest time Saturday, July 5, 2014 during qualifying for Sunday`s Pocono IndyCar 500 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. Montoya won the pole and will start in the front row next to teammate Will Power, who qualified second. (Photo by Michael L. Levitt/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Juan Pablo Montoya, driver of the #2 PPG Team Penske Chevrolet IndyCar V6, posts the fastest time Saturday, July 5, 2014 during qualifying for Sunday`s Pocono IndyCar 500 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. Montoya won the pole and will start in the front row next to teammate Will Power, who qualified second. (Photo by Ernie Masche/LAT for Chevy Racing)

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