Talking solely on Autosport’s Indy 500 Preview podcast (under), Energy revealed that he earned just below 50% of the $2,525,454 prize that was awarded to the successful automobile in 2018, which was then break up among the many workforce members per their contracts and win bonus agreements.
He quipped that he’d be prepared to offer all of it up if it assured him one other success on the Brickyard: “It’s a deal you might have with the workforce… let’s simply say I didn’t fairly get 50% of it however I used to be fairly shut!” he mentioned of his 2018 association. “The fellows on the workforce, they did all of the onerous work giving me that automobile – it was a complete workforce effort.
“Who cares in regards to the purse? You simply wanna win the race. I’d quit that cash in a heartbeat to win the race! I don’t care in regards to the cash, I simply need the win.”
Additionally within the podcast, Power revealed in forensic detail his terrifying brush with the wall – and near-non-qualification – for this Sunday’s huge race. He opened up in regards to the thought means of whether or not to remain flat-out on the throttle with the prospect of broken suspension when confronted with the ultimate corners at 225mph-plus.
“It was definitely disturbing, particularly the night time earlier than, when you realize you’ve obtained one shot,” he mentioned of Bump Day. “You may go a number of instances, however if you’ve heated the engine, it undoubtedly loses energy, so if you happen to don’t get the primary run proper, the possibilities of getting in together with your second run had been much less. And if you happen to crash in your first run, you’re out!
“There was definitely quite a lot of backwards and forwards between myself and the engineers the night time earlier than. We determined to not change it, however finally it was too little downforce for the situations, and I began to get unfastened on Lap 2. I didn’t alter for it as a result of it had gone the opposite means in each different qualifying run I’d finished, it misplaced the entrance, so I believed ‘OK, it’ll come into it with stability’ and it by no means did, it simply stored getting looser.
“I had a second in Flip 1 on that final lap, and I considered an adjustment within the brief chute, banging the entrance bar to stiff, however I didn’t have sufficient time. As I got here via Flip 2 it was unfastened and simply walked all the best way as much as the wall.”