Power hopes to repeat at Honda Indy

DEAN MCNULTY, SUN MEDIA

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So far, the 2009 Indy Racing League season has been one gigantic package of frustration for Will Power.

The Australian ended the 2008 campaign with what he thought was enough momentum to not only merit a new contract for this year with the Aussie Vineyards team, but he really believed that a championship was not out of the question.

Power, 28, had eight top-10 finishes in his first season of IRL racing that included a win at the Long Beach Grand Prix.

And in his final year in the Champ Car World Series in 2007, Power finished fourth in the championship, with wins at Toronto and Las Vegas.

When it was announced late in the ’08 off-season that Aussie Vineyards was getting out of the racing business, it left Power without a ride and, with all of the teams already committed to drivers, almost out of options.

Then, Roger Penske came calling looking for a temporary replacement for Helio Castroneves while his tax evasion case wound down in Miami.

It turned into just a three-race deal, however, after Castroneves was acquitted of all charges.

Today, he is back in a third Penske Racing car for Toronto and he is one happy camper.

“It won’t be easy getting back in the car for the first time on a street course since Long Beach,” he said yesterday. “Don’t get me wrong, I am really happy for the opportunity that Roger has given me, but I’m more happy that we have three practices here before the race so I can get the feel of the car back.”

Power said that coming to Toronto as defending champion has a nice ring to it but it will be hard to repeat while still trying to shake off the rust.

He also is slated to race at the next event -- the Rexall Edmonton Indy.


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