Will Power, the second Firestone Twin 275 winner talks to the media about his first oval-track win.
Q: Will, your first oval win. Talk about it.
"Yeah, obviously the first race was really good. We had a good car. Just I think in the pits there, might have been a little bit slow and lost a little bit of time to Dario, and Scott got me at the end.
"The second race, obviously the draw definitely helps. We got out in front. But we had a really quick car. When Dixon caught me, I think I was able to pull a gap through the traffic there. Very good stop, very good in-and-out lap. Very solid day. Gained points overall. That was the objective. It was great to get my first oval win. Really happy."
Q: What went through your mind when all of a sudden you had to take evasive action when Graham Rahal was on the backstretch?
"I wasn't sure whether he was coming out of the pits or he was actually pitting or what he was doing. I actually probably thought he was coming out of the pits, so I went to the inside, because I was pitting. There was a massive closing speed there. I'm glad he stayed straight. That could have been pretty big had he gone the wrong way."
Q: We're heading into another stretch of consecutive ovals. How much confidence do you have now going into these next two?
"Yeah, I mean, I had confidence even before we started. I mean, the last four races last year, we shouldn't have lost that many points. We were knocking on the door all the time there for a race win.
"Now we just put it all together, no mistakes. I really think that we'll be running up front on all the ovals."
Q: Two races, and the second race went on a draw, which gave you a huge advantage. There's been some commentary that other drivers think it's a good idea, but they should invert the starts. Do you agree with that?
"Yes, I do. I think that was definitely unfair for Dario and Scott. Really for anyone who is a championship contender, for him to have to start in 28th and me start in third is just not fair. It's simple as that. Otherwise it would have been a pretty fierce battle the whole race.
"Maybe they should start where you finish the first race or something like that. I don't know. But, yes, that to me is not fair."
Q: Do you like this format, the idea of it, split the race in half?
"Yeah, it was fine. And the draw thing was definitely a fun thing for the crowd. Obviously not if you happened to get a bad draw. It just makes it that much tougher. For Dixon to come up from 18th to second was a very good drive."
Q: What did you think of the ability of Scott Dixon, Marco Andretti, Dario, all coming from 20th or lower and make it into the top 10? Would you have predicted that?
"Yeah! I would have I guess over those two stints. I mean, they're fast. Considering how quick, in the first race, we were running all together, how quickly we got through all that traffic, I guess it didn't surprise me.
"But if they started where they finished, it would have been a very fierce battle all the way through. Yeah, you know, it's what it was. Everyone knew that coming in. I knew there would be a few drivers that would pick a bad draw. I thought I might be one of them (laughter)."
Q. I know you have a lot of racing left. A lot of people seem to think by not winning on an oval last year it cost you the championship. If you're able to secure one this year, how important will this night be?
"Yeah, that is where we lost all our points. We lost all our points on the ovals. It was just an experience thing. The last four races I was fast. It was just never put together. We never put the whole weekend together. We just needed one of those ovals to go right to gain enough points. It's hard to say, but to win the championship, but we didn't. Dario did a better job. He won it."