Q. Looks like you've got a strong 2011 schedule in IndyCar, but obviously Homestead is not on it. I was wondering if you were surprised that it was not on the schedule at all, and whether or not you guys will miss the track?
DARIO FRANCHITTI: I think from my point of view, somewhere I'll miss it. It's a good, challenging driver's track. It's probably one of the one-and-a half-mile ovals that really puts a lot of the control of what happens as far as results, puts it in the driver's hand; drives almost like a short oval. So from that point of view I'll miss it. But I totally understand the IndyCar Series, the choices that we've made and picking out some new partners and some new promoters... I think we've got to do what's best for the IndyCar Series and go forward accordingly. While we'll miss the track, I understand what [series CEO] Randy Bernard and the guys at the series are doing.
WILL POWER: I feel the same way. I haven't done that many miles on this track. But testing on Monday, it seems to me that it's a really good track, a driver's track and also good for racing – you can run a lot of different lanes. And it's a great venue down here as well. You know you're in a great area. But IndyCar needs to go where it's best for the series. And at the moment that's obviously the direction that Randy Bernard's going.
So I hope that we actually end up coming back down here in the future sometime. But for now, it's what it is. I mean, I look forward to the new tracks we'll be going to next year.
Q. Both of you, we know you are going to fight for the championship. But there will be 25 other cars around you. Some other teammates, they might help you, might not. But there are some slow cars, too. How do you approach that? Because that will be very tense for everybody. But for both of you, especially, how do you guys approach this situation?
DARIO FRANCHITTI: I think the other guys on the track, they've got their own reasons. They're trying to win the race the same as any other race. So I completely understand that situation. And as long as I think they race with the same respect that they have all season, then I think we'll be OK. Some of the slower cars, I think, they really are just hanging on. So there's a couple of cars that I think really – certainly one that's difficult enough to run a consistent lane. So I don't think you can expect much more.
WILL POWER: Yeah, traffic always seems to be a bit of a factor in these races. I know it can certainly decide the outcome of the race sometimes, especially when it's close. That's part of the series. You know how it is. And I think it's actually a part of most series. But it seems to make a bigger impact on ovals because they're racing in a lot tighter quarters.
And, those guys are racing for their career and jobs and sponsors, and some are fighting to get in that top 20 as well for next year. So it's something that we have to deal with. I would say 99 percent of the field knows exactly what they're doing out there. And they're all great drivers and usually very courteous.
Q. Dario, you were 34 years old before you finally won a championship or an Indy 500. Did you have a period where you started to think, "Well, I gotta have something that I can define this career by." I ask you that because Power still doesn't have something like that that he can put to his name and he's a champion of this. Can you talk about the importance of that?
DARIO FRANCHITTI: For me it was more about trying to win the next race, it wasn't about trying to define a career or any of that stuff about the history books, whatever. It was just about I want to get back to winning races, consistently win races.
Like I say, I said to you before, on a number of occasions we've won a lot of races but didn't have the Indy 500 or championship. And I really wanted both those things. So it was kind of a relief when they both came around the first time. And a lot nicer when they came around the second time, too!
Q. And in terms of Will's perspective? I know that's for Will to answer but Will may not understand quite fully what it means to add something like that to his career.
DARIO FRANCHITTI: Unfortunately, my job is to make sure he doesn't discover it for a little while yet! But, yeah, he's done very, very well. He's very fast and the wins are starting to add up and he's put together a good championship season this year. But like I say, my job is to try my very best on Saturday night to make him wait at least another year for a championship.
Q. Will, Dario has been chipping away very steadily ever since the series went back to the ovals in Chicagoland, and I think your lead then was like 59 points. It's down now to what it is. Have you found your anxiety level going up each week? How are you handling this, this relentless pressure by Dario?
WILL POWER: Actually, I've been quite relaxed. I remember at the race in Japan, I said to Roger, "I feel very kind of relaxed about the whole thing."
I mean, the thing is in all those races, we've been at the front. I led at Chicagoland. I led at Kentucky. Been there, it just hasn't worked out. The anxiety level? I'm actually quite relaxed.
I think when it comes down to it, comes to the race, I'm very focused on what I want to do and if it comes time to be very aggressive, I will. If not, I'll just race my normal race. I'll be aware of exactly what I have to do on the weekend.