Will Power may have run as one of Australia’s least acclaimed athletes.
The 41-year-old from Toowoomba is just continuing to deliver behind the wheel of the IndyCar and is doing it again in a 2022 super-consistent campaign.
Power is the leader of the series after five races, remarkably finishing third or fourth in each event.
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He is well-known and well-liked by both Australian and American motorsport fans, yet almost missing means he didn’t find the level of fame and admiration his record probably deserved.
Power – who will start 11th in Monday’s (AEST) iconic Indianapolis 500 – has an Indica series win (2014) and a 500 win (2018) to his name.
And AJ Foyet (67), Mario Andretti (52), Scott Dixon (51) and Michael Andretti (42) are in fifth place in the all-time list for winning 40 career races.
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But four Championship runner-up finishes (2010, 2011, 2012 and 2016) prevented him from joining the true sports pantheon.
Even when leading the championship this year, Power Kiwi sophomore Scott McLaughlin, split Frenchman Roman Grozgin or young Hot Shot Formula 1 candidate Colton Harta and Pato O’Ward did not get the same title.
Everyone is always looking for shiny new toys.
Power discusses his legacy in an extensive and interesting interview with NBC Sports.
“All you can do is look at the statistics,” Power said.
“In the Indianapolis 500, I’m the only single winner. I’ve won once. When you look at the Indicar as an overall series and championship, you look at race wins and poles. Everybody has their place in the sport. Look at that. And sometimes, that doesn’t tell the whole story. “
Power admits that losing championships “has eaten me up a lot.”
“I could have easily become a four-time champion if things had gone differently over the years. It’s very frustrating to be a one-time champion …
“I’m an emotional person and things like that upset me. As I got older, I calmed down and accepted life. I’m very lucky to be in the position I’m in. I’m lucky and blessed to have a career in motorsport, which I . “
Before we try to build on that legacy of power, let’s answer some key questions before the great race.
When will the Indy 500 start in Australia?
Exclusive coverage of the Indianapolis 500 starts at 1am Monday at 2.45am with the green flag set at AEST.
How do I view Indy 500 in Australia?
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What is the starting grid of Indy 500?
Row 1: Scott Dixon, Alex Palo, Rinas VK
Row 2: Ed Carpenter, Marcus Erickson, Tony Kenan
Row 3: Pato O’Word, Felix Rosenkvist, Roman Grozgin
Row 4: Takuma Sato, Will Power, Jimmy Johnson
Row 5: David Maculas, Joseph Newgarden, Santino Ferrucci
Row 6: Simon Pagenoud, JR Hildebrand, Connor Daly
Row 7: Callum Ilt, Alexander Rossi, Graham Rahel
Row 8: Sage Karam, Marco Andretti, Devlin Defrancesco
Row 9: Colton Harta, Scott McLaughlin, Helio Castronovs
Row 10: Kyle Kirkwood, Dalton Kelet, Juan Pablo Montoya
Row 11: Christian Lundgaard, Jack Harvey, Stefan Wilson
Kelet hit the wall during the Indy 500 practice
Who are the last 10 Indy 500 winners?
2021: Helio Castronves
2020: Takuma Sato
2019: Simon Pagenoud
2018: Will power
2017: Takuma Sato
2016: Alexander Rossi
2015: John Paul Montoya
2014: Ryan Hunter-Ray
2013: Tony Kanon
2012: Dario franchise
‘That guy is a punk!’
Who’s the favorite for the Indy 500?
$ 7: Scott Dixon
$ 7.25: Alex Palo
$ 9.50: Colton Harta
$ 10: Scott McLaughlin
$ 10.50: Joseph Newgarden
$ 11.50: Duck O’Word
$ 13: Will Power
Why do they celebrate with milk on the indie 500?
According to Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the tradition began in 1936 when driver Louis Meyer drank buttermilk in Victory Lane because his mother said it would refresh him on a hot day.
The Indianapolis Star reports that a dairy executive has seen a marketing opportunity and that milk has been a part of every race since 1956.
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