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Will Power Focused on Gaining Valuable Ground Through July

Although the year did not start off well for Will Power, he is right now riding a wave of momentum entering July, which could not come at a better time for the Australian.

The Team Penske driver had a rough beginning to his 2017 season, posting just two podium finishes in the first seven races on the schedule. However, after posting a third-place finish in the second Detroit event, he backed it up with a victory at Texas Motor Speedway, followed by a fifth-place finish at Road America.

“I would say it’s been good so far. We’ve been fast everywhere, had some great results,” Power told Popular Speed of his season. “I feel everything is going how it should right now. We’ve been strong everywhere, hitting on all four cylinders. It’s just about continuing to post the results.”

Now sitting fifth in the standings, 40 points behind Scott Dixon, the wave of momentum comes at a perfect time and could be used to gain valuable ground in the next couple of events. Last year, Power scored six straight podium finishes from Detroit to Pocono in August.

This coming weekend, he heads to Iowa Speedway, which treated him well last year with a runner-up finish. Confidence seems to radiate off of Power entering the event after running up front at all three oval events so far in 2017, including a pair of podiums.

“I feel good going into the race,” he said. “We had a really good result last year, and we have a really good car. It’s going to be a tough race; it always is. The short track races are always tough. You got to minimize mistakes, get good conditions, and be good in traffic. So yeah, looking forward to a good weekend there.”

The following week will see Power race on the streets of Toronto, Ontario, which he won last year’s event after leading 10 laps.

“Toronto has great memories from last year so feeling good going into the race,” he said. “It’s different every year. You have to watch your toes and be ready to make adjustments. They’ve changed the track a little bit, re-surfaced some areas so that the track will be slightly different. I’m honestly looking forward to it.”

Once again, confidence comes from Toronto being another street course like Detroit where he kicked off this string of success. Also, it’s a sight of success for Power, as he has won in Toronto on two different occasions, scoring a top-10 in each of his last four events.

“It’s a tough track,” he said. “It’s a great track for racing because there are spots to pass, but it’s (still) very difficult because there are so many different grip levels. You just have to read that stuff well and get the car set-up for it. It’s different every year, and you just have to get it all right on the weekend. There’s no secret recipe to success, to be honest.”

While Power continues to show his strength on the track, things have shifted away from racing, and wife Elizabeth welcomed Beau Power to the world in December. Power says the addition of his little boy has changed his life for the better.

“It’s been great each day,” Power said. “He comes to some of the races, but just a fantastic experience that’s different every day. He changes every day, learning something new and doing something different. It’s neat to experience.”


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By Ashley McCubbin

Currently the Executive Editor for Popular Speed, Ashley McCubbin also runs Short Track Musings, while handling media relations for OSCAAR. Currently living in Bradford, Ontario, she spends her weekend at the local short tracks in the area taking photos.