Will Power wants another Indy 500 & series title before thinking of retirement
Team Penske's Will Power wants to win another Indy 500 and series title before he even considers retiring from the IndyCar series after finally getting the taste for victory at the 102nd running of the event in 2018.
The Australian finally claimed his first win at the 2.5mile oval after 11 attempts at the famous race and wants to win himself another famous bottle of milk from the event as well as another series title to go with it.
Talking to IndyCar.com, Power said "Oh, man, the 500 is the coolest thing I have won, something I’ve been working so hard on for so long.
"To finally get it, it was so, so good. But I want to win it again – the 500 and the series championship – before I retire."
"At the end of the day, I had built it up so big in my mind. You start to wonder, ‘Will I ever do it?’ It had been so elusive, so hard to crack. But, it just turned out to be a perfect day of execution.
"I had a fast car. I knew I was going to get there. We simply were the quickest out there that day and no one was going to get me once we had clear air."
Despite finishing the 2018 season third in championship standings at the end of the season, the 2014 series champion feels he can be happy with his season, especially after his Indy 500 win at the Brickyard.
The 37-year old Power also expressed his approval with the changes to the series with the introduction of the changed DW12 aerokit, believing it handed the series back into the drivers' hands.
He is also eager to continue his long-standing battle with the 2018 and five-time series champion Scott Dixon going into 2019, claiming the current era of IndyCar could go down as a golden age in the series.
"We were super-fast everywhere we went,” added Power. "Yes, we were frustrated at times – two mechanical failures, radio issues and me making several mistakes – but the 500-win trumped everything, so it doesn’t matter. It was just the way it was.
"The car looks great, races better, way better on road courses, and is nimble and fun to drive. Obviously, there will be some little tweaks here and there, but the series has kind of ticked the boxes they needed to. They put the car in the drivers’ hands.
"It’s pretty cool to compete against a driver like Scott who is getting up there in records with A.J. Foyt and Mario Andretti.
"It makes this sort of a golden era of racing to race one of the greats like Scott. It’s good for the future of IndyCar."