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IZOD IndyCar Series: Kentucky Indy 300

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Open Wheel Racing Topics:  Kentucky Indy 300

IZOD IndyCar Series: Kentucky Indy 300

Will Power
October 1, 2011


SPARTA, KENTUCKY

THE MODERATOR: Thank you very much for your time. We appreciate it. We'll be joined shortly by our polesitter.
We are joined by Will Power. This is Will's eighth pole of the season and his 24th career pole.
Will, you'll have a milestone, two drivers have accomplished nine poles in one season, Mario Andretti and Danny Sullivan. For the second consecutive race you're putting some distance between yourself and your competitors. Talk about that key starting spot.
WILL POWER: Yeah, I think it's great to get the Verizon car up there, get the point, put ourselves in the best position to lead laps and win the race.
Full credit to the crew. They spent the last week or last two weeks getting the best chassis combinations and every bit of bodywork we've got all together at the shop finding the best car for me. Just been working hard because we realize that's sort of been where our weakness has been, is on the ovals. They've come up with a really good car.
THE MODERATOR: We'll open it up for questions for Will.

Q. (No microphone.)
WILL POWER: Like I said before, we try to get the best car combination that we have, find the best chassis, the lightest chassis, all those little details that matter. We just try to do everything to win the championship. We've lost the championship in '09 and '10 two years in a row to Ganassi. I think the whole team as a group are very determined to not let that happen again.
We're doing everything we can. I'm doing everything I can. We really want to get a championship.

Q. What is the situation as far as pit-out is concerned? A lot of the guys are complaining when the tires are as cold as this, you're slipping out into the bottom lane.
WILL POWER: Yes, I agree. It is bloody dangerous. For one person to make a little mistake and slip up onto the track, I mean, we all saw what happened to Alex Zanardi. For me, very keen for the two-stage limiter, run the 60 miles an hour on pit lane, maybe the 90 or 100 mile limiter around there for safety. I don't think that's going to happen.
To me it's very close to the track. I think everyone just has to be careful.

Q. Do you think it would be safer if everyone is doing yellow-flag stops?
WILL POWER: Absolutely, I think you'll be better if there's yellow-flag stops.
THE MODERATOR: Congrats on the pole. Thank you very much.



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