Will Power is hoping that it will be fourth time lucky as he takes to the track on home soil later this month, the Australian aiming to cap his first season in the unified IndyCar Series with victory for KV Racing Technology on the streets of Surfers Paradise.
Power has taken two pole positions on the Gold Coast, but hasn't finished better than twelfth after a run of bad luck in each of his three outings in the now-defunct Champ Car World Series.
“I've been there three times now,” said the local favourite, who grew up a two-hour drive from Surfers, “First year, I got taken out by my team-mate, second year I got taken out by Sebastien Bourdais, and last year I was sent out in front of a car [in pit-lane], and that basically put us at the back. We had a damaged front wing, damaged suspension and later ended up being taken out by Katherine Legge.
“It's a track where I've been very quick, but just can't break that streak of bad luck there. Now I want to go there and finish that race in a good position.”
Power should be able to build on a strong rookie campaign in the IndyCar Series. As one of nine drivers new to the series, he took the #8 Aussie Vineyards car to twelfth in the championship, recording two top-five finishes and taking victory in the point-scoring Champ Car swansong in Long Beach. He ended the season with an eighth on the streets of Belle Isle and a fifth on the 1.5-mile oval at Chicagoland Speedway and heads home in a positive frame of mind.
“It means a lot to me to be racing in Australia, especially considering it's basically a hometown for me,” Power said, “We have a house there on the Gold Coast, and I've been going there my whole life, hanging out there. It's a great event for me, but I just want to finish what I've started for the last two years.”