IndyCar »

Q&A: Will Power - EXCLUSIVE.

He's been really quick and strong, but I expected that, having raced against him in World Series by Renault in 2005. He was really quick then, and he won the Atlantic title last year. And he's run on all the tracks we run on, so it was sort of expected of him to be pretty quick. Of course, starting with a new car helps, and being in a team with a really good car helps too, in as far as being able to get in and learn what you have to learn. Last year, when I was a rookie, we were having to sort the Lola out in the early part of the season. That was pretty tough, not really knowing the car or knowing what it needed to go quick.

Q:
How much extra pressure did starting the season with three races in three weeks put on Team Australia?

WP:
It was tough because you had a brand new car, which no-one has really done a full race distance on before, and they had the refuelling rig problem, although that was pretty much fixed for Long Beach. My biggest worry was reliability, but our guys did a really good job of going through absolutely every aspect of the car before the races, working out what was going to break and getting on top of it before it did. That was the biggest concern of everyone, and also that you only had a week between races so, if you had a major problem, you couldn't really do much about it. For us, the reliability was really good - we finished all three races with no problem.

Q:
You're going from three street courses to the first of the road courses, in Portland, for the next race, but where does your preference lie? Are you slowly becoming converted to the street courses that Champ Car runs?

WP:
I'm enjoying it all, I must say. I'm really taking a liking to street courses now that I've learned how to be quick around them. But having raced in England, in British F3, and then in the World Series by Renault in Europe, I think I'm really strong on road circuits, and the next few circuits we're doing are very much more like European circuits which suit me and my driving style - and should suit the car as well. This new car is really good on smooth, fast circuits.

Q:
The first three rounds have been pretty much about you and Sebastien Bourdais. How much to do you read into this rivalry that is being made out between the two of you, and do you see yourself as Paul Tracy's successor as Sebastien's nemesis?

WP:
It's going to be interesting! We haven't had a fair fight yet - not even at Surfers' last year, where we made it to the first pit-stop and I came out in the lead only for him to knock me off before we could have any real battle. Then, at Long Beach, I got stuck behind Alex Tagliani when it was another race where we could have had a pretty good fight. In Houston, I just had a bad race, so I'm looking forward to a race where it's just him and I, where we both have good cars and can go for it. I think it'll be a good race, but we haven't had that yet.

Q:
Champ Car has been established in Australia for quite some time, but do you think your performance - particularly if you have a good season this year - will encourage more Australians to look towards Champ Car as an alternative?

WP:
To be honest, in Australia, I think it is tough to crack into any open-wheel racing because of V8 Supercars. Just about every young guy in Formula Ford, or the other junior categories, is looking towards V8s. You've probably only got one good young guy going overseas this year - John Martin, who's doing British F3 - so there's not many of them looking at open-wheelers. I think the success that we've had early this year and late last year has sparked a lot interest in Australia as far as the fans and the media go, and that has really helped the race that we have on the Gold Coast.


Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Will Power - Team Australia   [pic courtesy Champ Car World Series]
Will Power - Team Australia Panoz-Cosworth DP01   [pic courtesy Champ Car World Series]
Will Power - Team Australia [Pic credit: BAM Media]
Will Power and Takuma Sato crash out during the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Will Power crashes out during the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Will Power crosses the start/finish line during practice for the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Will Power out front in the early stages of the Honda Indy Toronto (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Will Power, driver of the #1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet V-6 IndyCar, qualifies fastest Saturday, June 13, 2015 capturing the pole position for Sunday`s Verizon IndyCar Series race through the streets of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Power will start in the front row with teammate Simon Pagenaud, driver of the #22 Avaya Team Penske Chevrolet V-6 IndyCar. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Will Power, driver of the #1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet V-6 IndyCar, celebrates after qualifying fastest Saturday, June 13, 2015 capturing the pole position for Sunday`s Verizon IndyCar Series race through the streets of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Power will start in the front row with teammate Simon Pagenaud, driver of the #22 Avaya Team Penske Chevrolet V-6. (Photo by Michael L. Levitt/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Will Power wins the Verizon P1 Award and the pole position for the Honda Indy Toronto (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Will Power affixes the Verizon P1 Award emblem to his Chevrolet after winning the pole position for the Honda Indy Toronto (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Will Power wins the Verizon P1 Award and the pole position for the Honda Indy Toronto (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Will Power peels out of his pit stand for qualifications for the Honda Indy Toronto (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Briscoe and Will Power go side-by-side during practice for the Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway - Friday, June 5 2015. (Photo by Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Simon Pagenaud, driver of the #22 Avaya Team Penske Chevrolet, qualifies second-fastest Friday, June 5, 2015 for Saturday`s Verizon IndyCar Series Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. Pagenaud`s teammate, Will Power, driver of the #1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet V6 IndyCar, was fastest and will start on the pole for the race. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Will Power, driver of the #1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet V6 IndyCar, qualifies fastest Friday, June 5, 2015, capturing the pole position for Saturday`s Verizon IndyCar Series Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. Power`s teammate, Simon Pagenaud, driver of the #22 Avaya Team Penske Chevrolet, was second-fastest and will start in the front row with Power. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Will Power, driver of the #1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet V6 IndyCar, qualifies fastest Friday, June 5, 2015, capturing the pole position for Saturday`s Verizon IndyCar Series Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. Power`s teammate, Simon Pagenaud, driver of the #22 Avaya Team Penske Chevrolet, was second-fastest and will start in the front row with Power. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Will Power celebrates winning pole position for the Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway - Friday, June 5 2015. (Photo by Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


hotel tuerkei - Unregistered

January 22, 2010 7:58 PM

Land Disappear,path bar beat immediate including there administration stock record conservative pound match our soon finding check crisis belief cell brain rate somebody normal flight credit public improvement inform last encourage show payment pound especially disease from home president state either module total concerned adult ordinary know report help sport considerable bit age remind live real order revolution definition summer no mistake survive channel present way apparent hell northern screen purpose sun reject slow marry contract careful centre action dress district may empty general approach various organisation analysis her effective male advance couple



© 1999 - 2015 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.