Race Car Drivers are so serious behind the wheel — but what are they like on the sidelines? WWJ’s Kathryn Larson learns that Team Chevy driver Will Power has a good sense of humor, even putting up with some off-the-track pranks.
Getting the obvious question out of the way first, Larson asked Power if Will Power is his real name. “It is. William, William Power, but it is my real name,” he said.
Pointing to the new straightaways, Power added he likes the track this year. “Very nice and flowing I would say. Definitely an improvement,” he said. “Last year it was probably one of the most technical tracks we went to, but the extensions made it all about rhythm.”
Gearing up for a double-header at this level of competition is a new experience for all of the drivers. “This will be the first time since I’ve been in a Junior K where you obviously coming up you have multiple races, but full Grand Prix yeah that’s going to be tough,” Power said.
Power explained that pranking someone on the track would be the equivalent of taking them out of the race, but gave an example of how teammates recently played a trick on him, “They zip-tied my bag and my pants together. I don’t understand. Then they were like ‘It wasn’t me.’ I’ll get ’em back. I remember that stuff.”
The Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix returns to the Motor City May 31-June 2, 2013.