Indianapolis 500 winner, NTT IndyCar Series Champion, Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach winner and Long Beach Motorsports Walk of Fame inductee - Will Power, took some time to talk about his 2021 season and the intricacies of the Long Beach circuit. He also talks about simulators and how they benefit him and his team. A surprise guest walks by for a quick “hello” during this interview. RaceSchool.com will have an interview with that guest in a future episode.
By Larry Mason
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Interview and photos by Larry Mason except as noted.
After a poor qualifying session (for him) Power already has his game face on prior to the start of the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach.
Will Power certainly knows how to push hard (as shown above) flying across the curbs to extract every last fraction of a second from his lap time. His 63 pole positions are second only to Mario Andretti!
Will Power finished in 10th just ahead of his teammate, rookie Scott McLaughlin (11th shown just behind in this photo) moving up two spots from his starting position. With a guy like Power, you know he wasn’t happy with that.
PHOTO by Rob Nichols-Unfortunately, he left his braking just a bit too late during qualifying and gets sideways in Turn 9. He ran out of room at the exit of the corner and made contact with the wall. That tiny mistake left him starting in the 12thposition.