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After Toronto
Driver Standings

Driver Standings
1 Helio Castroneves 533
2 Will Power 520
3 Ryan Hunter-Reay 464
4 Simon Pagenaud 462
5 Juan Pablo Montoya 428
6 Scott Dixon 387
7 Carlos Munoz (R) 384
8 Tony Kanaan 380
9 Marco Andretti 375
10 Sebastien Bourdais 358
11 Ryan Briscoe 344
12 James Hinchcliffe 330
13 Charlie Kimball 317
14 Justin Wilson 311
15 Mikhail Aleshin 298
16 Josef Newgarden 288
17 Jack Hawksworth (R) 287
18 Graham Rahal 266
19 Carlos Huertas (R) 265
20 Takuma Sato 234
21 Sebastian Saavedra 229
22 Mike Conway 218
23 Ed Carpenter 168
24 Oriol Servia 88
25 Kurt Busch (R) 80
26 JR Hildebrand 66
27 Sage Karam (R) 57
28 Luca Filippi 46
29 James Davison (R) 34
30 Jacques Villeneuve 29
31 Alex Tagliani 28
32 Townsend Bell 22
33 Pippa Mann 21
34 Martin Plowman (R) 18
35 Buddy Lazier 11
36 Franck Montagny 8

Rookie of the Year
1 Carlos Munoz 384
2 Mikhail Aleshin 298
3 Jack Hawksworth 287
4 Carlos Huertas 265
5 Kurt Busch 80
6 Sage Karam 57
7 James Davison 34
8 Martin Plowman 18

T1 Ryan Hunter-Reay 3
T2 Will Power 2
T2 Simon Pagenaud 2
T2 Mike Conway 2
T5 Helio Castroneves 1
T5 Carlos Huertas 1
T5 Ed Carpenter 1
T5 Juan Pablo Montoya 1
T5 Sebastien Bourdais 1

Podium Finishes
T1 Will Power 6
T1 Helio Castroneves 6
3 Ryan Hunter-Reay 5
4 Tony Kanaan 4
T5 Carlos Munoz 3
T5 Juan Pablo Montoya 3
T7 Marco Andretti 2
T7 Simon Pagenaud 2
T7 Mike Conway 2
T10 Carlos Huertas 1
T10 Scott Dixon 1
T10 Josef Newgarden 1
T10 Graham Rahal 1
T10 Charlie Kimball 1
T10 Ed Carpenter 1
T10 Jack Hawksworth 1
T10 Mikhail Aleshin 1
T10 Sebastien Bourdais 1
Manufacturer Standings:
1 Chevrolet 2056
2 Honda 1042

Lap Leaders:
1 Will Power 353
2 Tony Kanaan 326
3 Helio Castroneves 241
4 Ryan Hunter-Reay 167
5 Ed Carpenter 116
6 Juan Pablo Montoya 74
7 Takuma Sato 67
8 Sebastien Bourdais 60
9 Simon Pagenaud 59
10 James Hinchcliffe 56
11 Scott Dixon 44
12 Jack Hawksworth 32
13 Justin Wilson 25
14 Marco Andretti 22
T15 Mike Conway 15
T15 Josef Newgarden 15
17 Sebastian Saavedra 14
18 Graham Rahal 10
T19 Oriol Servia 7
T19 Carlos Huertas 7
21 Ryan Briscoe 5
22 Mikhail Aleshin 4
23 Alex Tagliani 3

Entrant Points
Pos. # Entrant Points
1 3 Team Penske 533
2 12 Team Penske 520
3 28 Andretti Autosport 464
4 77 Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports 462
5 2 Penske Motorsports 428
6 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing 387
7 20 Ed Carpenter Racing 386
8 34 Andretti Autosport/HVM 384
9 10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing 380
10 25 Andretti Autosport 375
11 11 KVSH Racing 358
12 8 NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing 344
13 27 Andretti Autosport 330
14 83 Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing 317
15 19 Dale Coyne Racing 311
16 7 Schmidt PetersonMotorsports 298
17 67 Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing 288
18 98 BHA/BBM with Curb-Agajanian 287
19 15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 266
20 18 Dale Coyne Racing 265
21 14 A.J. Foyt Racing 234
22 17 KV/AFS Racing 229
23 16 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 134
24 26 Andretti Autosport 88
25 21 Ed Carpenter Racing 66
26 22 Dreyer and Reinbold 57
27 33 KV Racing Technology 34
28 5 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 29
29 68 Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing 28
30 6 KV Racing Technology 22
31 63 Dale Coyne Racing 21
32 41 A.J. Foyt Racing 18
33 91 Lazier Partners Racing 11

Finishing Average
1 Helio Castroneves 5.38
T2 Kurt Busch 6.00
T2 Will Power 6.00
4 Simon Pagenaud 6.92
5 Sage Karam 9.00
6 Scott Dixon 9.61
7 J.R. Hildebrand 10.00
8 Tony Kanaan 10.23
9 Ryan Hunter-Reay 10.38
T10 Juan Pablo Montoya 11.15
T10 Sebastien Bourdais 11.15
12 Ryan Briscoe 11.38
13 Justin Wilson 11.92
14 Carlos Munoz 12.00
15 James Hinchcliffe 12.46
16 Oriol Servia 12.5
17 Marco Andretti 12.69
18 Ed Carpenter 12.75
19 Alex Tagliani 13.0
20 Charlie Kimball 13.23
21 Takuma Sato 13.46
22 Mikhail Aleshin 13.61
23 Jacques Villeneuve 14.0
24 Mike Conway 14.66
25 Graham Rahal 15.0
26 James Davison 16.0
27 Carlos Huertas 16.07
28 Josef Newgarden 16.92
29 Sebastian Saavedra 17.0
30 Jack Hawksworth 17.16
31 Luca Filippi 18.50
32 Martin Plowman 20.5
33 Franck Montagny 22.0
34 Pippa Mann 24.0
35 Townsend Bell 25.0
36 Buddy Lazier 32.0

Pole Positions
T1 Takuma Sato 2
T1 Will Power 2
T1 Helio Castroneves 2
T4 Ryan Hunter-Reay 1
T4 Sebastian Saavedra 1
T4 Ed Carpenter 1
T4 Simon Pagenaud 1
T4 Juan Pablo Montoya 1
T4 Scott Dixon 1
T4 Sebastien Bourdais 1

Appearances in the Firestone Fast Six
1 Ryan Hunter-Reay 5
T2 Helio Castroneves 4
T2 Will Power 4
T3 James Hinchcliffe 3
T3 Scott Dixon 3
T3 Jack Hawksworth 3
T7 Simon Pagenaud 2
T7 Josef Newgarden 2
T7 Tony Kanaan 2
T7 Sebastien Bourdais 2
T11 Takuma Sato 1
T11 Marco Andretti 1
T11 Sebastian Saavedra 1
T11 Mike Conway 1
T11 Juan Pablo Montoya 1
T11 Ryan Briscoe 1
T11 Luca Filippi 1

Qualifying Average
1 Helio Castroneves 5.53
2 James Hinchcliffe 6.90
3 Ed Carpenter 7.00
4 Luca Filippi 7.66
5 Simon Pagenaud 7.69
6 Will Power 7.76
7 Scott Dixon 8.84
8 J.R. Hildebrand 9.00
9 Sebastien Bourdais 9.76
10 Carlos Munoz 10.3
11 Tony Kanaan 10.53
12 Ryan Hunter-Reay 10.61
13 Juan Pablo Montoya 10.84
14 Takuma Sato 11.69
15 Kurt Busch 12.0
16 Marco Andretti 12.61
T17 Josef Newgarden 12.92
T17 Ryan Briscoe 12.92
19 Justin Wilson 13.0
20 Jack Hawksworth 14.5
21 Mike Conway 14.66
22 Mikhail Aleshin 14.84
23 Graham Rahal 15.38
24 Sebastian Saavedra 16.53
25 Charlie Kimball 17.15
26 Carlos Huertas 17.84
27 Franck Montagny 21.0
28 Pippa Mann 22.0
29 Alex Tagliani 24.0
30 Martin Plowman 24.5
31 Townsend Bell 25.0
32 Jacques Villeneuve 27.0
33 James Davison 28.0
34 Sage Karam 31.0
35 Buddy Lazier 33.0
Q and A with Will Power

Monday, August 19, 2013


Will Power
  Welcome to today's INDYCAR conference call. We are pleased to be joined by IZOD IndyCar Series driver Will Power of Team Penske. Will drives the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet for Team Penske and enters this weekend's race Sonoma Raceway coming off a fourth‑place finish at Mid‑Ohio earlier this month. Will is the only IndyCar driver to win multiple times at Sonoma Raceway and has won the last three pole positions at the track.

Q: Will, with your past record at Sonoma, you have to be looking forward to getting back in your car for this weekend's GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma.

WILL POWER: Definitely. Especially the year we've had, I can't wait to get back there. It's a track I've had a lot of success on. Although the competition has definitely heated up this year, we still expect to be running right at the front.

Q: There have been nine different winners in the 14 races so far. Would you say that the races at Sonoma or Baltimore, where you've won as well, are your best opportunities to at least challenge for wins?

WILL POWER: I think the next two, for sure, are good tracks for me. Always quick there. Then you've got Houston, as well, and even Fontana, obviously I haven't won on an oval for a long time. Sonoma is definitely a good chance for us. But you know, as you said, there have been nine different winners this year, so it's really hard to predict how fast you're going to be, and you know, who is going to be in the front and who you're going to be challenging.

Q: This year, is a little bit of a role reversal; the last three years you've been right in the mix for the championship, and this year it's your teammate, Helio Castroneves, who is leading the championship.  Does that change the way you approach the last five races of the season, or do you just think about what the 12 car can do and score as many points as you can?

WILL POWER: Well, for the 12 car, we have just got to try and win each race and put ourselves in a really good position.  If I'm in a position to help Helio out, of course, it's all about team. I'd love to see Roger (Penske) win a championship, and Helio. I would most definitely help him out.

Q: I know you were in Detroit over the weekend for the Woodward Dream Cruise. What was that experience like? I guess you got to do, as they say in Australia, some lapping.

WILL POWER: I was accustomed to lapping growing up in Toowoomba (Australia). That was a big deal. Get your car  - well, basically spend money on a car, it's probably not worth much -- and go lapping. There were some pretty impressive cars there, and a lot of people. I was surprised how big that Woodward Cruise is; it's amazing.  So spent a little bit of time there and got to see some nice cars and I was pretty impressed.

Q: Just wondering, your last win came in São Paulo last year, even after that, Penske has had three wins since then.  What is happening with the car this year, especially with you, that you're just not being able to get the wins that you normally should get, especially on the road and street courses.

WILL POWER: Well, it's probably a number of things. One is the competition is definitely tougher, for sure. There are some things that were homologated at the end of last year, which gave us a little bit of an advantage and every other Chevy team. The car itself, you're really boxed into a corner as far as setup. There's not much adjustment on this car that you can do because of the way it was designed with this rearward weight distribution. So you're stuck, and you can't set it up to suit yourself. You have to drive it as it is. I think that that itself closes the field up.

Then a few other reasons.  Just had some bad incidents happen such as getting run over on a yellow, getting hit in the pits, engine failure at Brazil. And then a few other things to go along with it.

Q: You look at Ganassi, they seem to have sort of found something in the second half, especially Scott (Dixon), who is a little more aggressive than Dario (Franchitti).  When you look at Penske, you're more aggressive than Helio.  Is there something you think that you can find that will allow you to be more aggressive, and that your driving style will kind of come to the car, or get to the car to come to your driving style?

WILL POWER: Well, actually, we did, we found something for sure at the last test at Sebring, which very much suited me. So we did get to work there, so I just wonder if it's going to be possible on these lower‑grip circuits like Sonoma and Baltimore. But, yes, we are always aware.  We saw how dominant Ganassi was at Toronto and they were able to get their car to work very well there. I also think Honda has made a bit of a gain, definitely, but then Chevy has also made a gain recently, too. I think it's obviously changing, but I'm hoping that at Sonoma we get our pace.

Q: Do you feel that if you've been more aggressive, you're penalized more in this car, if you sort of look at Dixon and Franchitti, as well?

WILL POWER: Aggressive, what do you mean, the driving style aggressive?

Q: Like to turn in a little harder, you like to attack the corners a little more than Helio does, and Scott the same way.

WILL POWER: That's actually true. I do drive  - I have a very similar style to Dixon, where, you know, Dario and Helio, for sure, like a more stable rear end and a bit of understeer. It's kind of weird, this car. I think you can get it to work for you, but yeah, Toronto in particular, the car has just a lot of understeer, and I'm not sure if that's the car or the tire. The tire might change a bit, too.

Q: Two parts.  At Mid‑Ohio how surprised, or was it surprising at all, to see some of the guys that jumped ahead of you on the three‑stop strategy to be able to push? And secondly, since I know this race you kind of got caught up by strategy in the yellow here last year, do you think you'll be able to do a flat‑out run, or have to save it at certain points again?

WILL POWER: Actually, I think it's a pretty clear two‑stopper at Sonoma, so it will be a flat‑out run.  Whereas Mid‑Ohio, you could make it in two by saving a lot of fuel and going slow, so that's why you saw what happened, happen. At Mid‑Ohio, I just had to do what (Ryan) Hunter‑Reay did, because it was very difficult to pass there.  So if he ran hard and did three stops, we were going to do that; and if he saved fuel and went to two, we were going to do that.

And I think once you had done that first stop, you were kind of boxed in. You had to do it in two, otherwise you're going to lose a lot more, like Dixon did.

Q: And also, this is a race that has not had a lot of cautions in the past. I think there was only one or two the last couple years. How do you play into that knowing that there's unlikely to be a lot of interrupted periods?

WILL POWER: That is the best possible scenario, if there is no yellows, because it means you don't have to plan for anything.  Two‑on‑two, just a real race there; there's no manipulation by a yellow. That's been the case on quite a few of the road courses in the last couple years for INDYCAR. They have been very green races. Basically, it just shows that the level, the standard of driving, has done really  - has gone up a lot.  People don't make mistakes anymore.

Q: Over the weekend, and really the last week or so, we've had a lot of talk about a road course race at Indy and it looks more and more likely. How do you feel about that, particularly if it were in May?

WILL POWER: If it brings more people, I think it's a good idea.  Provided it doesn't take away from the main race, which I don't think it will. I think the key is to get more people out on those days. Be cool.

Q: Any thoughts, would you have encouragement for (Juan Pablo) Montoya if he would like to look back at INDYCAR again?

WILL POWER:  He was obviously a very, very good driver when he came into INDYCAR, or CART, as it was. I love it when high‑profile drivers come into the series. It's very good for INDYCAR and it's cool to compete against those types of guys.

Q: I take it you don't see him much?

WILL POWER: No, I don't.

Q: Penske, there's been quite a bit of winning on over there recently like with Brad (Keselowski) and, of course, Helio leading the points and Joey (Logano) just winning, also.  Can you talk a little about, I know you have a central location there with the huge shop there, basically.  But can you talk about how that feeds over to your side at all?

WILL POWER:  The INDYCAR shop, it's all under one roof. I think they do cross a little bit of information back and forth.  It's always good for the whole team, you know, the whole shop, you could say, organization, when - because even one portion of it is having success, I think it makes everyone feel better like it should.

Q: And along the way, kind of a corollary to that, as far as when you came up, were there certain people you got advice from or where you watched somebody that really helped you along the way that made a difference for you coming up?

WILL POWER: Mark Webber was definitely pivotal in me being able to continue my career there in Europe, which led to racing over here in the U.S., and a lot of other people, as well. The first guy I drove for was Derrick Walker, and he was definitely a great team to drive for and a good guy to give you the right direction when you're driving for him.

Q: And as far as a young person, what would be your best advice to a young person to be successful in anything?  You're a successful guy; could you share a little with any young person out there?

WILL POWER: Well, I think to be successful in anything, even outside of motorsport, it's just hard work, study and really understanding the craft.  I think you do have to have some natural ability to begin with, but then after that, it just really does come down to hard work, learning it, and doing as much as possible and finding a way, if you really love it.  That's how I kind of got to this point.

Q: This weekend's race at Sonoma a chance for yourself and your Penske teammate. 

WILL POWER: This track, I've had success here before. Obviously the series is very tight right now, but very motivated and determined to have another good weekend, because I thought we had a good weekend at Mid‑Ohio.  It would be really nice to get a win before the end of the year. As far as Helio goes, he's in a very good spot to win the championship, and as a team, we'll be doing everything possible to make that happen.

Q: Who would you say you lean on for emotional support or all‑around support during good times and bad times?

WILL POWER: My wife.

Q: When you're at the racetrack, besides your wife, like who else supports you and gives that you little motivation to get things done when you're struggling or having good times.

WILL POWER: Basically, yourself. I think if you're needing that support you're not going to last very long in this business.  But I think that's motivation, and when you're having tough times, it's really up to your own self to turn that around, because if you can't do it yourself, you shouldn't be there.

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