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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)
Will Power, driver of the #12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, celebrates victory Sunday, August 25, 2013 during the Grand Prix of Sonoma IndyCar race in Sonoma, California. (Photo by Phillip Abbott for Chevy Racing)
Will Power celebrates with the Penske team in victory lane after winning the Grand Prix of Sonoma IndyCar race in Sonoma, California on Sunday, August 25, 2013 (Photo Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Oriol Servia is strapped into his Andretti Autosport Honda prior to practice for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Oriol Servia on course during practice for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway. (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Will Power on pit lane prior to practice for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway. (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Graham Rahal sits in his Honda machine on pit lane during practice for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Will Power watches track activity from his pit stand during practice for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Oriol Servia is strapped into his Andretti Autosport Honda prior to practice for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Will Power slides into his Team Penske Chevrolet prior to practice for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Marco Andretti kicks up some dust in the Turn 9A chicane complex during practice for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Will Power in his pit stand during practice for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway. (Photo by: Richard Dowdy for IndyCar Media)
Will Power apexes Turn 9A during practice for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Juan Pablo Montoya apexes Turn 9A during practice for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Luca Filippi goes off course in the Turn 9A chicane area during practice for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Mikhail Aleshin in his pit stand prior to practice for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Pit lane comes to life prior to practice for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)

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