The Crew Penske driver completed runner-up within the IndyCar championship standings thrice in a row between 2010 and 2012 earlier than lastly clinching his first title in 2014.
He was additionally near the title in 2015, in the end ending third, and has solely as soon as completed outdoors the highest 5 within the standings – with ninth final 12 months – within the intervening seasons.
The 41-year-old wrested the factors lead away from Marcus Ericsson by ending third in Saturday’s Indy Grand Prix highway course race, and remarked afterwards that his expertise will assist make him psychologically stronger approaching the finale than in his earlier profession.
“Completely, it’s so completely different to what it was again then,” he stated.
“I simply know the sport so nicely, I’m mentally simply miles forward in each respect than I used to be again then. Only a large quantity of expertise on this sequence.”
Of the 13 races held up to now this 12 months, Energy has completed outdoors the highest 4 solely thrice, the kind of consistency that he hasn’t discovered since his championship 12 months.
“It is not essentially the lengthy sport,” he stated.
“It is simply that kind of angle swap the place you realize these races are lengthy, the season is lengthy, and you have to profit from each state of affairs, even when you’re combating for like 12th.
“If that is your day to complete 12th, nicely, end 12th, not 24th. It is actually working very nicely.”
Will Energy, Crew Penske Chevrolet
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Energy is 9 factors away from Ericsson with 4 races to go, with Josef Newgarden, Scott Dixon and Pato O’Ward nonetheless in competition. The Australian says “there’s in all probability nonetheless 5 guys within the sport”, however reckons it is “unimaginable to foretell” if the identical contenders will likely be within the struggle come September’s Laguna Seca finale.
“It feels prefer it’s all the time going to go right down to the final race,” he stated.
“I anticipate to be having a struggle at Laguna. We’ll see the way it performs out.
“Inconceivable to foretell on this sequence: there’s simply too many quick guys, good groups, good drivers, every little thing. Try to decide a winner every week and attempt to decide a polesitter: unimaginable.”
Requested if the final 4 races at Nashville, Gateway, Portland and Laguna Seca will see him alter his strategy, Energy responded: “That absolutely relies on the state of affairs: the way you qualify, who’s in entrance of you, the place you are operating, and the place are the blokes that you simply’re combating – otherwise you consider would be the drivers that you need to struggle on the finish. It turns into just a little extra apparent with three to go.
“The subsequent couple races you have to know, OK, these are undoubtedly the lead guys that we’re racing. We have to cowl them on methods and such.
“[For now] it is nonetheless not fully clear, quite a lot of guys nonetheless clustered up.”