In anticipation of becoming a father for the first time, Will Power playfully predicted he would handle diaper changing with the meticulous precision of a pit stop.
Liz and Will Power welcomed into their racing world a son, Beau William, on Dec. 21. The Team Penske driver assured he’s been enthralled with the offseason transition to fatherhood.
He’s especially learned a lot at that changing table.
“Yeah, I'm actually getting good at it,” Power said. “All I can say is the Pee-Pee Tepee does not work. That thing just falls off all the time. It’s like a bad design. You may as well just lay a towel over it. I've been caught out a couple times there. It's like dropping a wheel nut. It's like, ‘Oh, God, again, no.’
“But yeah, you get good at it. Lift the legs up, put it under there, tabs. Yeah, it's unbelievable, such a little thing needs so much maintenance. It's unbelievable. There's nothing else on earth that requires so much attention at a young age.”
Liz endured infection complications from giving birth, but is returning to health.
A picture of father holding newborn son was posted on Power’s Instagram account on Dec. 21 along with, “Most amazing experience of my life. Best Xmas present you could ask for. Beau William Power ... 9 lbs 4 oz 21 inches long-big boy.”
Power posted the photo above to his Instagram account on Feb. 14 with the caption: “Happy Valentine’s Day to the loves of my life.”
The 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series champion has accomplished so much in his career with 29 wins, tied with teammate Helio Castroneves and Team Penske driver coach Rick Mears for 11th on the all-time list. Power is the ultimate competitor, one of the “drivers to beat” each year, a four-time points runner-up including last season to teammate Simon Pagenaud.
After being so intensely driven for years to go fast in a race car, the 35-year-old Australian has quickly learned that being a dad is a different animal.
“Fatherhood is amazing,” he said. “In the hospital there, when you see your child born, there's nothing that can explain that. That was just an amazing experience. And then you've got to take him home and realize that you don't know what you're doing. All the tips and everything everyone gives you just goes out the window, and you're just trying to keep your head above water, basically. But it's cool.
“You've got Liz's mom standing there and (Liz’s) best friend standing there, so they're doing some shift work. It takes a lot of people to look after this little tiny boy. But it's great. Enjoying it a lot. Really am.”
It goes beyond that changing table, too. The mechanically inclined Power also figured out the complexities of constructing baby furniture.
“I put the crib together,” he said, “and I've been getting pretty good at, without the instructions, putting together the little, what do you call them, bassinets?”
A new learning curve continues at an Indy car pace on the home front.