Will Power, a mature 41-year-old, says he is in the best form of his career after winning the Australian Detroit Grand Prix and returning to the top of the Indica series standings.
Power made its way through an over-competitive field after starting on the 16th and was released from last year’s heartbreak on the Bay Isle when a late warning brought a red flag and his car could not start to finish.
This was Power’s third win in Detroit which would be the last race on the Sand Isle track.
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In alternative tires, the Toowoomba product keeps its cool to hold fast-finished American Alexander Rossi.
“Yeah yeah yeah yeah!” Electricity flows through his car radio.
“Oh God, thank you guys, release.”
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Power said he drove his car “as straight as I could” as soon as the rope was off.
“I was just waiting for something to happen in the last 10 laps but just laser focused. I was finally hitting my marks, very focused.
“It’s a very good performance for me mentally. That’s how I always judge my performance and I really didn’t put anything on the table and moved to that sweet place in the zone.
“That’s why I was able to pump the laps really fast.
Power – a one-time series winner and four-time runner-up – had no qualms about being asked if this was the best season of his colorful career.
“Yeah and of course a mental change. It’s just me growing up and learning how this thing rolls. It’s not the end of everything if you don’t qualify at the pole.”
Pato O’Word is third in the standings behind Power Indy 500 winner Marcus Erickson.
It was Power’s first race win of the season, completing a Penske Triphacta with teammates Scott McLaughlin and Joseph Newgarden.
Rossi, who confirmed this week that he will be moving to Arrow McLaren SP next season, used a three-stop strategy to start from his 11th position and drive through the field to fight for the win.
But Power had already taken control of the race and Rossi could only try to close the gap.
Although Rossi stopped it because both drivers were dealing with traffic, Power eventually defeated him.
“I think one more lap would be really interesting,” Rossi said.
“Finally we are realizing our potential.”
Kiwi Scott Dixon chip is third for Gansi Racing and after pole seater Newgarden.
McLaren’s O’Ward was fifth, Gana’s Indica champion Alex Palo was sixth and teammate Ericsson followed.
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