Will Power finally feels like he can win the Indianapolis 500. After years of struggling with ovals, Power is feeling much more confident about his ability on that type of track and will start second on Sunday.
“It’s the first time I’ve been out there saying, ‘This is fun,’” Power told NBC Sports. “That hasn’t been me for a long time. They are personal changes I feel. I feel when you’re enjoying it, you really get into it.”
Ovals were Power’s demise from 2010-12, but it’s a different story now. He showed improvement in 2013 then won at the Milwaukee Mile after leading 229 of 250 laps. In that race, he led five of six oval laps.
Now it’s time to test his luck at the big one, a place where he had a top-five finish in 2009, but also finished outside of the top 10 four times in seven starts.
“I feel more confident than I ever around this place,” Power said. “I’ve absolutely been more confident in traffic, about the car. It’s the first time I’ve felt like if I’m there at the end, I have a shot at winning this. I just have to get myself in that position.”