Power Riding High Into Milwaukee
By: Pete Pistone - @PPistone on June 16, 2011 | 9:24 A.M. EST
Power is coming off his first IndyCar Series win on an oval. (Photo: Getty Images)
Will Power is fresh off his win in the second of last Saturday night’s Firestone 275k at Texas Motor Speedway and ready for another shot at Victory Lane Sunday at The Milwaukee Mile.
The IZOD IndyCar Series returns to the historic Wisconsin oval after a one year hiatus and Power would like nothing better than to mark the occasion with back-to-back series wins.
“I think it's important to have on the schedule,” Power said of Milwaukee. “It's a great track, a lot of history. It creates good racing because you can run a couple of lines.
“I think everyone's going to be happy. Fans are going to be happy to see us race back there. Hopefully we get a good crowd.”
Power has had to battle a crowd on the racetrack this season with the increased fields the IndyCar Series has enjoyed including a 30-car lineup last week in Texas.
There will be a large field Sunday at Milwaukee and Power knows that will make things challenging around the tight oval.
“We'll see this weekend,” he said. “It's going to be 26 cars here at Milwaukee. But I think what it does, it makes the racing probably better because you can't see in traffic and you have to read it well. As long as the standard of drivers is right up there, which it is right now, you can't really pick any bad drivers out of the field. “
It helps that Power heads to Milwaukee with a win under his belt after his checkered flag at Texas and the Penske Racing driver believes the team’s overall oval track effort has improved tremendously.
“Yeah, it's always a boost when you win a race,” Power said. “I'm just enjoying ovals a lot this year. I know the result at Indy wasn't really what we wanted, but still I really, really had fun in the race, felt great in the car. Obviously the same with Texas.
“But, yeah, I'd have to say I was very, very excited to get my first win. It was like the first time I ever won a race is what it felt like. It was a very good feeling and it was basically like a home race to me because my wife is from there, all her family were there at the track. Yeah, just a very good day.”
Power hopes they’ll be more good days as the season progresses. He has his sight set on adding to his win total as well as challenging for the 2011 series championship goals that he says can be reached thanks in no small part to his development and growth as a driver.
“Yeah, I think you just get smarter and smarter as a driver,” Power said. “I think you have to if you're ever going to be a champion. I think you just got to continually learn. It probably hasn't changed much from 2007 to now, my second year in Champ Car. My first year was really a learning year.
“I just feel as though each year it comes a little easier, especially if you're with the same team, crew, engineer, with the same car. I think, you know, your weekend becomes easy. You just seem to have more time to work on smaller details rather than larger ones when you're trying to learn a lot.”