IndyCar » 07 October 2013
Will Power and Roger Penske, Penske Racing - Q&A
After winning the second of the two double-header events at Houston, Will Power met with the press along with his boss and team owner Roger Penske.
Speaking after taking his second win of the year after holding off Scott Dixon in the second race of the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston, Will Power was joined by team owner Roger Penske taking questions from the press, in a media appearance somewhat overshadowed by the violent last-lap crash involving Dario Franchitti.
We have the winner, Will Power, from Team Penske. This is Will's second victory of the season. He won in Sonoma in August. It's his 20th IndyCar win. Congratulations. Talk about the race. The move you made to get past Scott on Turn 3 in the restart.
Yeah, I could see - the restarts are slippery anyway. But I could see he was struggling a little bit, having moments everywhere, and the apex at the corner. He had a big moment in 3, saw that good run, and I went up the inside of him on 4.
From there, it was just a matter of trying to keep him behind. I was pushing as hard as I could. He was still staying there. At the end there, when I went full, I was able to pull a little gap. I think I was a tenth or a couple of tenths quicker in the lap. So I was able to get that gap and win the race.
Talk about the difference in the weather. Yesterday really hot, really humid. Today rain in the morning, maybe washed off some of the rubber, a lot cooler. How did that change the performance of the car?
Actually, it wasn't that different, as far as the wheels degraded in the same way. The cars, honestly, it was more comfortable to drive. We weren't getting the fatigue in the car. That was the biggest difference. But the car felt very similar.
Roger Penske, the winning team owner. Roger, talk about the emotion of today, winning the race in a tough weekend and day for Helio and how hard the team worked to get him back out there to get one point, which could prove pivotal for Fontana.
Obviously, it was a bittersweet weekend, which was the issue yesterday. We thought we were in great shape. I guess Will - or Helio went wide on the 10th lap, and the car was a little heavier on fuel and launched it and came down, and we broke the gearbox away from the engine. So it's just one of those things.
Obviously, with Will out there battling with the #9 car and taking some points away was key for us. So he got his job done. That was what we had talked about earlier.
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