INDIANAPOLIS — Will Power has found an upside to his lousy start to the IndyCar season: He's off the radar and able to enjoy downtime at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Power rolled into the Indianapolis 500 last year on a three-race winning streak and under immense pressure to continue the run. It led to a jam-packed schedule of Penske Racing appearances and media attention.
It's been quiet this year, in part because Power is winless and ranked 18th in the standings.
"It's been my most relaxing month. Definitely better than last year," Power said. "The good thing about not winning is that you don't get a lot of attention. The bad thing is you probably are not going to keep your job."
It's unlikely that Power is in danger of losing his job at Penske, especially since his issues this season aren't of his own doing. He was run over under caution by J.R. Hildebrand at St. Pete, had a bad start at Barber blamed at least in part to a qualifying issue, a problem in the pits at Long Beach and an engine fire in Brazil.
It's been a terrible skid of bad luck, but Power is taking a different view.
"Not really (bad luck), it's all manageable," said Power, adding "except getting run over under yellow. I don't think you can really manage that one, unless every time I'm under yellow from now on I look in the mirror."
Power, who starts sixth Sunday, goes into the race feeling loose.
"This year is definitely more relaxed, I've had more time for myself," he said. "It's just been a more relaxed year."