Will Power spoke calmly and nonchalantly. It was hard to tell if he was trying to keep an even keel or if he was just exhausted.
"You have to just try to keep the emotion as low as possible because you use so much when you are racing, so trying to keep these next two days as low as I can," Power said Thursday. "I'm not a hyper type of person."
As low key as the Australian can be, his victory at the Indianapolis 500 last weekend certainly brought out the exuberant side of his personality when he kept screaming during the celebration after the race.
It was a different Power who was on hand ahead of this weekend's twin IndyCar races in Detroit.
Power is now trying to shift his attention away from the Indy triumph. He has other, season-long goals in mind.
"Still focused on winning the whole season championship," he said.
The last time the Indy 500 winner went on to win the IndyCar points title was in 2010, when Dario Franchitti did it. Juan Pablo Montoya nearly pulled it off in 2015 but lost the season title on a tiebreaker to Scott Dixon.
Power tops the standings entering this weekend's races, but only by two points over Alexander Rossi. Power won the series title in 2014.
Last weekend was his first Indy 500 victory.
"He's now an Indy 500 champion, and you can't take that away from him," team owner Roger Penske said.
"To be a champion and be on that Borg-Warner trophy is certainly something real special."
Power finished second at Indy in 2015. His victory this year made him the race's first Australian winner.
"It's actually an honour to be the first Australian to win the Indy 500. And first Australian to win an IndyCar championship," he said.
"Growing up, it's basically a childhood dream."