Sometime during the offseason, Will Power read a quote from fellow driver Ed Carpenter that he tucked away in the back of his mind and used as an incentive to prove all of his doubters wrong.
Power had gone into last year's season finale at Auto Club Speedway as the IndyCar points leader, his third chance in three years to win his first series title. Instead, he crashed early in the race and came up empty yet again.
Carpenter went on to win the race, and apparently said something after that bothered Power immensely.
''The incentive was Ed Carpenter said `Will Power did exactly what everyone expected him to do at the last race last year,' '' Power recalled. ''I thought that was just such motivation for me to beat him and win at this track and just be good at ovals. I went about it. I thought `I'm going to beat Ed.'
''I don't dislike him, but I told him, `Man, your comment last year gave me a lot of motivation.' That comment definitely got to me in a good way.''
Power went out an...