“I understand it now. I understand it’s a mindset,” he said. “I’ve had good races on ovals, and you go back and understand how you felt mentally then, and I think that will get you back in the right direction.”
Something else that has helped Power is the inspiration from Brad Keselowski’s NASCAR championship at Penske Racing. Power watched Keselowski’s championship speech on television and immediately tweeted about how it personally affected him. He’d found the speech to be “from the heart” and a motivator for the entire organization.
“His championship was such a phenomenal performance of rallying the team and executing to get it done,” Power said. “It was just a great role model for anyone who wants to win a championship on how to do it. And Roger was so over the moon _ finally getting the championship, he had won everything else and he won that championship he had worked so hard for years. I could see him more excited about racing in general. He was real upbeat and I think it’s been good for all the development. He really wants to win the IndyCar championship now, too.”
LADY LUCK: Johnny Gray heads to The Strip At Las Vegas Motor Speedway with six spades from a deck of cards painted on the side of his Funny Car. He doesn’t believe the tribute paint scheme to his late father will bring him any luck in the SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals this weekend.
But, Gray does believe he might have some momentum from his win in the NHRA’s last outing at the Gatornationals in Florida.
“I don’t think having any cards on the side of my car is going to help me one bit out in Vegas, this sport is pretty fickle,” Gray said. “The team has momentum right now and we just like to go out there and have fun. We have a blast at the track and we have a good running hot rod right now, so I like our chances to go there and double-up.”
Gray’s win two weeks ago at Gatornationals was emotional because the victory was on his NHRA checklist of events he wanted to win before his planned retirement at the end of the season.
“That was a real special win for me because I have a home in Florida now and have been spending a lot of time down there,” the New Mexico native said. “We had a lot of friends and family at that race and it felt great to win it because that is such a real prestigious race and it was my last time to get it done and I am glad we did.”