superstitions about how I suit up or
anything like that. The only thing I do
consistently during a weekend is get in the
car from the fueling side at any particular
track. I think that having a set ritual or
superstitions just takes extra energy that
would be better spent in the car during the
race. I suppose some drivers find it helps
them prepare, but I’ve never felt the need.
When I do pull on my balaclava and
helmet, there’s a bit of an emotional
transition. It’s the time when everyone
stops talking to you, or requesting a
picture, or whatever, and you get into
your own little bubble.
My focus and awareness around the
situation sharpens a bit as well. I can
suddenly become more sensitive to
things that I may not have noticed before,
like a loose thread on the seam of my
balaclava, or something like that. It may
have been that way throughout the
weekend, but in the moment, there’s a
greater awareness of it. Once I’ve got my
helmet on and I’m strapped in, pretty
much all my thoughts turn to the race
and to what I need to do.
I’m generally a pretty quiet person.
Getting outwardly pumped up doesn’t
help me. Again, it’s just energy that I
would rather spend in the car. That’s
really a personal thing. If you look at Helio
(Castroneves), he’s always talking and
smiling before a race, full of energy. But
that’s just him, and it works in his case.
In the past people sometimes mistook
my being quiet and a bit reserved for a
lack of competitive desire, but that’s not
the case at all. I’d just rather show my
competitiveness once the race starts.
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In the final minutes before the Iowa Corn
300, Will Power suits up for battle and
gets in the zone. He would go on to finish
second on the frantic, 0.875-mile bullring.