Will Power will begin a new chapter in his racing career this season, following the announcement that he will front a renewed Team Australia effort in this year's unified IndyCar Series.

Power will drive the #8 Aussie Vineyards-Team Australia Dallara-Honda in what will be his third full season of driving for Craig Gore's squad, but will now be working out of the KV Racing Technology garage instead of with Walker Racing, following Gore's decision to take the Aussie Vineyards-backed team in a fresh direction for 2008.

Having been paired with Frenchman Simon Pagenaud in 2007, Power will team up with Catalan veteran Oriol Servia at the rebranded KV Racing Technology outfit - formerly PKV Racing - this season. His arrival means that there is no place for another veteran, Alex Tagliani, who tested promisingly with PKV at the last Champ Car group test, and could also spell the end of Walker Racing's IRL ambitions, which had hinged on the continuation of Team Australia.

"This is a great opportunity for Aussie Vineyards-Team Australia and me," Power insisted, "It will be my first season in the IndyCar Series and having Jimmy Vasser to help mentor me on the ovals will make the transition easier.

"I also look forward to racing with Oriol and working with the entire KV Racing Technology Team. This is a first class organisation and I am happy to continue my open-wheel racing career with them."

The 27-year old is entering his third full season in the US, having first joined Team Australia for two races at the end of 2005. A full-time campaign in 2006 led to the rookie of the year title, while, last season, he took his first victories in the series with successes in Las Vegas and Toronto. The deal with KV means that he will again grace the streets of Surfers Paradise in his homeland, the Gold Coast Indy 300 having been added the IRL schedule.for the next six years.

His deal with KV will also pit Power against fellow Australian Ryan Briscoe, who will race for Team Penske in this year's IndyCar Series.

 

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