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Power set for Honda Indy Toronto

Power set for Honda Indy Toronto

Will Power might be the only one who didn't notice the big "CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS LEADER" banner outside Team Penske's garage area.
"I just saw it now," Power said on Thursday. "Oh, that's lovely."
Coming off a victory on July 4 at Watkins Glen in upstate New York, the Australian takes a 32-point lead over Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti into the Honda Indy Toronto.
The race on Sunday at Exhibition Place is the 10th of 17 races and second of five straight road races before the season ends with four oval events.
"The thing I find about Toronto is that it's always a mixed up race," Power said. "It's a good track for spectators and racing, which means there's always a lot of action on the track, which means there's a lot of yellows (caution periods).
"So, to me, it's sort of a survival race. You don't want to be taken out and maybe want to be a little conservative early in the race. I love this place and have always had good results here. I really want to get as many points as possible in these next races because the last four races are ovals."
Also the winner of the season-opening road races in Sao Paulo and St. Petersburg, Power is in his first full season with Team Penske after driving six races last season _ highlighted by a victory in Edmonton. Before shifting to IndyCar, he won three Champ Car races, including the 2007 race in Toronto.
"It's always good to be right in the middle of the action," Power said. "The series needs more of these street races near cities or in cities. It has a festival atmosphere. These sort of events are fantastic."
Scott Dixon of New Zealand, the Kansas Speedway winner in the first oval race of the season, is third in the championship chase, 43 points behind Power. Ryan Briscoe of Australia, the winner in Texas on another oval, is fourth _ 47 points off Power's pace.
"Will's got a bit of a lead and he's probably the favorite on these street circuits," said Briscoe, Power's Penske teammate. "He's going to be really strong. He's the guy we've got to beat to stay in contention. These race are very important, especially being that it's his forte and he's got the lead in the championship. This is where it's really important to beat him."
Last year in the first IndyCar event at the 11-turn circuit, Franchitti raced to the third of his five 2009 victories en route to the season title. The Scot also won a Champ Car race in Toronto in 1999.


Updated : 2021-04-13 05:55 GMT+08:00