EDMONTON -- We know Will Power loves it here. Gramma’s hometown and all. And there’s a resume of success on the City Centre racetrack, both in ChampCar and IndyCar — including, of course, winning it last year.
And he’ll tell you what it is like to drive the track and why he loves it.
It may, in fact, be his current favourite track, but he’d be lying if he told you it was his favourite.
And you wouldn’t fault him for the truth.
Problem is, the Indy series no longer heads to the Gold Coast of Australia to race at Surfer’s Paradise, a boomerang toss from Power’s hometown.
So maybe, if Power — the current IndyCar points leader and winner of its last two races — can win the driver’s title, then maybe he will have the, uh, power to lobby for a return.
“I don’t think winning the championship would have any influence on that,” said Power while visiting kids at the Stollery Thursday. “But if it did, I would!”
Winning races is what earned Power a return to the powerhouse Penske program this season, after shining during a six-race deal in 2009.
“I know when you first come to race over here in North America and you look at a team that you would like to drive for,” said Power.
“And a team like Team Penske — a goal is certainly to end up in a place like that. I can’t believe I ended up here.”