CHAMPCAR/CART: Mexico City: Will Power pre-race notes

Power Looking to Create More History With Rookie of the Year Award in His Sights Team Australia star Will Power had a clear goal at the beginning of the 2006 Champ Car World Series -- to become the first Australian driver to win the Roshfrans ...

Power Looking to Create More History With Rookie of the Year Award in His Sights

Team Australia star Will Power had a clear goal at the beginning of the 2006 Champ Car World Series -- to become the first Australian driver to win the Roshfrans Rookie of the Year award.

The Toowoomba-born driver has had a strong first season in Champ Car this season and enters Mexico lying eighth in the overall championship, coming off the back of a breakthrough weekend at his home event, the Lexmark Indy 300 on Australia's spectacular Gold Coast.

Power became the first Australian to win pole position for a Champ Car race since 1993 Le Mans 24 Hour winner Geoff Brabham claimed the pole at Riverside, California on the 30th of August in 1981.

The Australian driver was in the best position of his young Champ Car career in the early stages of the race until being the innocent victim of a clash with Sebastien Bourdais, damaging the #5 Team Australia/Aussie Vineyards Lola and ruining any chance of not only clinching his Champ Car podium and perhaps victory, but also capturing the Roshfrans Rookie of the Year title on home soil.

Next weekend in Mexico City, Power will aim to etch his name into the Champ Car history books yet again, aiming to become the first Australian driver to win the Roshfrans Champ Car Rookie of the Year title in its 28-year history.

"It's been typical of a rookie season in a lot of ways," says Power.

"We've been in some bad situations this year that have cost us results and in some ways I should have had the rookie title wrapped up by now. Some of them were things that occured while I was learning in the early part of the season, but being crashed out in the last two races has been none of our fault.

"Despite everything that's happened we go into Mexico with a 15 point lead in the rookie standings and we are going back to a track that I have raced at before. That will help a little and I think we will definitely have a better set-up than last year at Mexico City because I have a year's racing in Champ Car under my belt and the team has been very strong on road courses all year.

"I'm not really thinking about the rookie points or the championship. The goal I have in my head at the moment is to get a top four result in qualifying, a really strong qualifying result. We showed in Surfers what we are capable of and I will be pushing hard to back that up.

"I haven't thought of the rookie title since Surfers. We had such a strong run there and we were in contention all weekend. After that race I really want to show that I can do that consistently, but having said that I will probably have a quiet think to myself about the rookie points situation over the race weekend.

"That's the thing with this final round -- there is not a lot of point thinking about the points until after qualifying. Your plans change if you qualify on pole position because you know you can race for the win, but if you start deep in the pack you have to be a little more conservative and think about how many points you need to take the rookie title.

"I think the best thing for me to do is to think of this as a normal race and push hard from the start. We showed a lot in Surfers and this team is on the rise and has a lot of momentum. I'm confident we can get things done, but we'll have to see what happens."

VOTE 1 -- WILL POWER !!!

Team Australia sensation Will Power has been nominated by world-renownded motorsport publication Autosport for its annual Rookie of the Year Award.

Will is one of ten drivers from motorsport all around to be nominated for the prestigious award, with drivers from Formula 1, the World Rally Championship, NASCAR, the GP2 Series, Indy Racing League and British Formula 3 all nominated.

The award is decided by fans voting through the Autosport.com website, so go there now to vote for Will.

-credit: team australia

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Sébastien Bourdais , Will Power