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RACING MIND

FOR INDY 500 CHAMP WILL POWER, WINNING STARTS IN HIS HEAD
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WILL POWER had a good month of May at the Brickyard, winning the IndyCar Grand Prix and his first Indy 500. For the 37-year-old Aussie, who was the 2014 series champion and now sits tied for eighth on IndyCar's all-time wins list, success behind the wheel starts with the right mind-set.

SI: How has life changed since your Indy 500 win?

WP: The feeling of accomplishment is something I worked very hard for. I feel so many different emotions but kind of a relief in a way. It brings a smile to my face.

SI: You enjoy meditation. How did you start?

WP: I stumbled across it when I broke my back [in 2011] and was on some medication. You get kind of a euphoric feeling from that, and I was able to achieve that same feeling from meditation with breathing exercises. In 2016, I struggled a lot with energy and fatigue and it was almost necessary for me to switch my mind off. I started doing it every day.

SI: Does meditating help you as a driver?

WP: It helps me more off the track. At a race I'm in the moment.

SI: If you lose focus during a race, how do you get it back?

WP: You don't get mad when something goes wrong. You think about executing each little increment. [There] shouldn't even be a thought of winning because that's the end result of the right process.